Lillian Marrero Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1/23 Closed
Monday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/29 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage, offering materials pick up 10am-6pm today.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Feb. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 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)

Upcoming Events

Workplace Wednesday at Lillian Marrero Library!

Wed, January 26, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Come visit and learn about resources from the Workplace, a Free Library service that supports jobseekers.  We will be at Lillian Marrero Library sharing library resources related to a…

Virtual Book Club: Parable of the Talents

Mon, January 31, 2022 5:00 P.M.

Meetings will be bi-weekly Monday evenings. The book we will be discussing is Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Talents”! Hope you can join! Register  here . Mondays:…

Virtual Book Club: Parable of the Talents

Wed, February 2, 2022 12:30 P.M.

Meetings will be bi-weekly Wednesday afternoons. The book we will be discussing is Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Talents”! Hope you can join! Register  here .…

Intentions for Liberation

Thu, February 10, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Intentions for Liberation is a goal setting workshop that intends to help participants focus on their key values and develop goals that align with their most positive and desirable selves.…

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."