Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
(6th St. & Lehigh Ave.)

You're invited to the GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION of Lillian Marrero Library! Please join us on Saturday, November 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event is rain or shine.

Special guests will give remarks at 12:00 p.m. There will be face-painting, balloon art, fun learning activities, food, music, giveaways, and more. It's a FREE party for the whole family!

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Grand Opening Celebration

Sat, Nov 18, 12:00 P.M.

After undergoing extensive modernization and expansion, Lillian Marrero Library – one of the Free Library’s pilot 21st Century…

Teen Council Meetup

Mon, Nov 20, 4:30 P.M.

Please join Ms. Mieka to discuss matters important to you! Ages 12-17  

Job Readiness Lab

Tue, Nov 21, 10:00 A.M.

Create a resume or bring in your own for critique. Get help with online job searching and applications in our new computer lab.


Tue, Nov 21, 10:30 A.M.

Ms. Tuesday invites children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers to join her for stories, songs and activities. Siblings are always welcome. Groups…

Adult Sit & Chat

Tue, Nov 21, 12:30 P.M.

Please join Ms. Mieka to sit and chat about anything and everything! Ages 18+

Teen Council Meetup

Mon, Nov 27, 4:30 P.M.

Please join Ms. Mieka to discuss matters important to you! Ages 12-17  

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¡ Bienvenido! The Lillian Marrero Branch is your Library, featuring books, DVDs, CDs, computer classes, free wi-fi, job search workshops and programs for children. It serves the communities of Central North Philadelphia, Fairhill, St. Edwards/Hartranft, and West Kensington ¡Libros en español!


This neighborhood developed in the 19th century as a region of multiplying industry. Hardwick and Magee had a carpet mill at 7th and Lehigh. The world-famous Stetson Hat Factory at 5th and Montgomery, which closed in 1971, was once the city's largest employer. However, as early as the late 1930's, the area's industry started to move south and jobs disappeared.

The Lehigh Avenue Branch of the Free Library, built with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, opened on November 20, 1906. Within a few days, the neighborhood children had "practically wiped the children's department out of existence" by checking out so many books. At the time, this white limestone Grecian-style building was the largest library in Pennsylvania, and the large lecture hall in the basement was used for lectures and story hours.

The branch was saved from a planned relocation in the mid-sixties and was instead rehabilitated in 1967, and again in 1997 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library. During this renovation, the original chandeliers were refurbished.