Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
6th St. & Lehigh Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 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. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 2 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 6 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Services

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

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance

Mon, April 15, 2024 2:00 P.M.

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 résumé development, career…

Leamos Spanish Literacy

Tue, April 16, 2024 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, April 16, 2024 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…

Edible Alphabet: Learn English through Cooking

Thu, April 18, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Adults are invited to this FREE class for English language learners. Each week we read, write, and speak in English - and cook a meal together! The class is in the basement meeting…

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."