Lillian Marrero Library

Limited services available. Building is currently limited to staff.

Monday, August 31 – Message from Staff

Interested in joining the Virtual Adult Book Club hosted by Lillian Marrero Library? Our first book will be "All About Love" by bell hooks. If yes, then please fill out this form.

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.

Available Services

  • Book Drop
  • Material Pickup
  • Phone Reference
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Upcoming Events

Clarity + Mindfulness

Mon, September 21, 2020 9:00 A.M.

Join us on IG Live as we utilize clarity cards to take some moments to reflect upon clarity + mindfulness.   IG @lillianmarrerolibrary

Teens + Textiles

Tue, September 22, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Join us on IG Live as we use different textiles to create unique art.   IG @lillianmarrerolibrary

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Wed, September 23, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Adults are invited to this FREE online English class. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through videocall).  …

Adult + Teen Read Out Loud

Wed, September 23, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Listen via IG Live to a "selected book" read out loud.   IG @lillianmarrerolibrary


¡ 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!


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."