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, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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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

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Jan 23, 10:30 A.M.

Preschoolers (ages 2 to 5 years old) and their caregivers are welcome to come listen to stories and participate in some small fun activities…

Spelling Club

Thu, Jan 23, 4:00 P.M.

Each week we will practice spelling and other fun related activities! Open to children ages 5 to 11. No registration required, simply stop by any…

Edible Alphabet - Learning English Through Cooking! (Aprender ingles a traves de cocinar!)

Fri, Jan 24, 10:30 A.M.

Adults are invited to this FREE English class.  Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together! Los adultos estan…

Tarot Club

Fri, Jan 24, 1:00 P.M.

Join us as we discuss all things tarot while sipping tea! 

Walking Through Fairhill

Sat, Jan 25, 10:00 A.M.

Come take a stroll through the neighborhood with us, weather permitting. 

Saturday Games

Sat, Jan 25, 12:00 P.M.

On Saturdays, we have a variety of games to play, including board games, legos, puzzles, and more!

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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.  

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."