Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
(6th St. & Lehigh Ave.)
215-685-9794

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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

  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Feb. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Book drop box
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking (free)
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Motorized Cars

Mon, Dec 17, 4:00 P.M.

Design and build your own battery powered toy car! 

Winter Solstice Celebration

Tue, Dec 18, 4:00 P.M.

Celebrate the start of the winter season by learning about how we winterize our garden at Lillian Marrero Library. We'll build habitats and…

Winter Workshop

Wed, Dec 19, 4:30 P.M.

Learn to create homemade gifts for all the people on your holiday shopping list! 

Urban Medicine Cabinet

Tue, Jan 22, 4:00 P.M.

Make and take home first aid ointment, herbal steam, and headache lozenges, while learning about the beneficial properties of specific herbs and…

Film Screening: Down in the Delta (1998)

Wed, Jan 23, 4:30 P.M.

In this film directed by Maya Angelou, a single mother from a tough Chicago neighborhood spends a summer at her family's home in rural…

Blues in Hip Hop for Teens

Tue, Feb 12, 4:30 P.M.

Listen to samples of early blues, soul, and contemporary hip hop to find common threads and learn to create your own blues-inspired song.

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About

¡ 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!

History

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.