Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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)

Upcoming Events

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic 11:30-4

Tue, October 19, 2021 11:30 A.M.

Free Covid-19 vaccine clinic every Tuesday starting September 21 through October 26 from 11:30am - 4pm. Pfizer (age 12+) and Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered. No ID required. Free SEPTA…

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 11:30-4

Tue, October 19, 2021 11:30 A.M.

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 Todos los martes: 21 de septiembre al 26 de octubre 11:30am - 4pm Se ofren las vacunas Pfizer (mayores de 12 anos) y Johnson & Johnson No se requiere…

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic 11:30-4

Tue, October 26, 2021 11:30 A.M.

Free Covid-19 vaccine clinic every Tuesday starting September 21 through October 26 from 11:30am - 4pm. Pfizer (age 12+) and Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered. No ID required. Free SEPTA…

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 11:30-4

Tue, October 26, 2021 11:30 A.M.

Clinica de vacunacion COVID-19 Todos los martes: 21 de septiembre al 26 de octubre 11:30am - 4pm Se ofren las vacunas Pfizer (mayores de 12 anos) y Johnson & Johnson No se requiere…

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.  

Lillian Marrero Library was designated a Zone of Peace in 2018 by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia for its work in answering the call to stop violence by “making our homes and neighborhoods zones of peace free from fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness."