Lillian Marrero Library

Monday, August 14 – Message from Staff

If you are interested in submitting an entry application for the Teen Poetry/Spoken Word Slam Competition, taking place at Lillian Marrero Library, please fill out  this form.

The Teen Poetry/Spoken Word Slam will be taking place on Saturday October 28, 2023 2:00-4:00 pm EST. 
Staff will be reviewing applications to select 12 teens between the ages of 12-18.  Staff will contact the 12 selected teens once selections are finalized.
If you have questions, contact Ms. Mieka at

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
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., Oct. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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  • 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

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance

Mon, October 2, 2023 2:00 P.M.

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with…

Leamos Spanish Literacy

Tue, October 3, 2023 10:00 A.M.

Do you know a Spanish-speaking adult who wants to learn to read or write? Leamos™ (Let's Read) is a FREE Spanish literacy course that teaches adults how to read and write. For more…

Leamos: clases de alfabetización

Tue, October 3, 2023 10:00 A.M.

¿Conoce a un adulto que habla español que quiere aprender a leer o escribir? Leamos ™ es un curso gratuito de alfabetización que enseña a los adultos cómo…

Computer Skills for Beginners

Thu, October 5, 2023 2:00 P.M.

Need computer help? Take a free digital skills workshop at the Library! Learn how to use a computer, get online, and more. Talk to a library staff member to sign-up or call to register learn more…


¡ 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."