Lillian Marrero Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 12/17 Closed
Monday, 12/18 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 12/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • * Saturday has hour changes – Christmas Day (Observed)
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

  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Fri., Dec. 29 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year Day holiday
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Upcoming Events

Teen Council Meetup

Mon, Dec 18, 4:30 P.M.

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

Job Readiness Lab

Tue, Dec 19, 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.

Storytime

Tue, Dec 19, 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, Dec 19, 12:30 P.M.

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

Preschool Science Exploration

Thu, Dec 21, 11:00 A.M.

Each month, students will explore concepts of Science and do STEM activities. This is for preschool/kindergarten children ages 3 to 7. Groups must…

Computer Basics

Thu, Dec 21, 2:00 P.M.

Basics for users with no previous computer experience learn to use the mouse, search the internet and sign up for email.

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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.