Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : 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)

Upcoming Events

Virtual Middle Grade Read Aloud

Fri, July 23, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Enjoy poetry, biographies, chapter books, and more for ages 8-12. Posted Fridays at 11am.  FB @ LillianMarreroBranch IG @ LillianMarreroLibrary

Accountability Circle

Mon, July 26, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Connect, inspire and engage with other folks via zoom.  If you are working on a project even better; the goal is to hold each other accountable to complete our GOALS! 18+  Register…

Virtual Storytime

Mon, July 26, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Enjoy picture books, poetry, and more for ages 4 and up! Posted Mondays at 11am.. Posted Mondays at 11am. FB @ LillianMarreroBranch IG @ LillianMarreroLibrary

#Whatitdoteens

Wed, July 28, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Teens, have any ideas and/or plans that you want to do this summer?  If so, let’s see how we can get it done!  And, if not, let us know what programs you want to participate in!…

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."