Lillian Marrero Library

601 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
(6th St. & Lehigh Ave.)
215-685-9794

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

Storytime

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

Ms. Tuesday invites children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers to join her for stories, songs and activities. Siblings are always welcome. Groups…

Healthy Cooking Workshop

Tue, Jan 23, 11:00 A.M.

Join us on Tuesdays for free healthy cooking workshops the include: Low-cost cooking ideas Nutrition tips Food tastings Giveaways For more…

PAWS Read to a Dog

Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 P.M.

Children have the opportunity to read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Reading to a dog takes the pressure off and makes reading a positive…

Storytime

Tue, Jan 30, 10:30 A.M.

Ms. Tuesday invites children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers to join her for stories, songs and activities. Siblings are always welcome. Groups…

Healthy Cooking Workshop

Tue, Jan 30, 11:00 A.M.

Join us on Tuesdays for free healthy cooking workshops the include: Low-cost cooking ideas Nutrition tips Food tastings Giveaways For more…

Around the Table

Tue, Jan 30, 4:00 P.M.

Taking inspiration from the traditions of family reunions celebrated in This Is the Rope, participants will make reusable placemats and hear…

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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.