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

  • Thu., Oct. 4 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Nov. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving 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)

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Upcoming Events

Quest Film Screening

Sat, Oct 6, 2:00 P.M.

Called "A portrait of an American Family,"  Quest  is an intimate, moving documentary that captures ten years in the…

PAWS Read to a Dog

Sat, Oct 13, 1:00 P.M.

Read aloud to a trained therapy dog! Reading to a dog takes the pressure off and makes reading a positive experience.  Los niños…

Storytime with Cavity Busters

Tue, Oct 23, 10:30 A.M.

Learn the importance of caring for and brushing your teeth. Ms. Celeste and friends will be here to help you discover how healthy food habits =…

PAWS Read to a Dog

Sat, Oct 27, 1:00 P.M.

Read aloud to a trained therapy dog! Reading to a dog takes the pressure off and makes reading a positive experience.  Los niños…

PAWS Read to a Dog

Sat, Nov 10, 1:00 P.M.

Read aloud to a trained therapy dog! Reading to a dog takes the pressure off and makes reading a positive experience.  Los niños…

PAWS Read to a Dog

Sat, Nov 24, 1:00 P.M.

Read aloud to a trained therapy dog! Reading to a dog takes the pressure off and makes reading a positive experience.  Los niños…

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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.