Lovett Memorial Library

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
(Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.)
215-685-2095

Do you need a little relaxation and focus?  Spend some time meditating with us on Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Do you like to play chess?  Join us on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and play a friendly game.  For all levels.  Chess boards are available anytime, just ask a librarian!

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 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., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

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Upcoming Events

Yoga at the Library

Fri, Mar 22, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for an hour-long, weekly yoga class which will offer participants a judgment free space for gentle movement, quiet meditation and guided…

Spring Face Painting

Sat, Mar 23, 10:30 A.M.

Celebrate the beginning of Spring with Stacy's Face Painting!  Crafts and games will be available while you wait your turn.  For…

Women's History Month Film Screening

Sat, Mar 23, 2:00 P.M.

Celebrate Women's history as we screen a documentary film about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Our film runs…

Spring Storytime

Tue, Mar 26, 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Wed, Mar 27, 4:30 P.M.

Join us to play this popular game.  The starter adventure is Lost Mine of Phandlever.  This story has demons, dragons and the black…

Documentary Film Screening: The Nurse With Purple Hair

Wed, Mar 27, 7:00 P.M.

This film focuses on Hospice care from the perspective of those it serves, and the people who provide the care.  The Nurse with the Purple…

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About

Located on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy, Lovett serves the communities of East and West Mt. Airy. Check out the garden next to the branch.

We are part of the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative. Learn more: http://www.21stcenturylibraries.org

History

Germantown Avenue began as an Indian footpath through the woods used as a road by settlers. In 1865, Thomas Lovett purchased more than ten acres along the avenue as a family estate. Mount Airy Free Library was founded twenty years later by a trio (one of whom was Miss Louisa Lovett) in a rented room at a lumberyard, where 7153-55 Germantown Avenue now stands. Another of the trio, Mrs. Sheldon Potter, acted as volunteer librarian. She had a small circulating library at her home for neighborhood boys, hoping to raise their standard of reading materials from the "dime novels" that were all they could afford for themselves.

In 1887, Charlotte Lovett Bostwick built and endowed the library as a memorial to her brother, Thomas R. Lovett. This portion now serves as a meeting room. Lovett Library became a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1924. A new addition was opened in 1961, and in 1982 the Friends of Lovett Library started.

The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign. In 2004, the Lovett Memorial Reading Garden was dedicated.