Lovett Memorial Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, August 23 – Message from Staff

Starting Monday, September 13 we have new hours. 

In Person Service: On Mondays & Wednesdays, noon to 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and,

Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you are welcome to visit inside the branch to select books, use our computers and more. 

Materials Pickup (curb-side) will still be available, when we are open.

Please remember that there is currently a Masking Mandate in Philadelphia and everyone needs to mask up-regardless of your vaccination status.  It's a good idea to continue to maintain physical distancing while in the library.

We look forward to seeing you!

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Storytime in Lovett Park with Ms. Dana

Tue, October 19, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.…

Little Yogis

Tue, October 19, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Take a fun and playful yoga journey led by Sarah of Surya Moon Yoga! We'll learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and…

Not-So-Scary Halloween Storytime

Tue, October 26, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for not-so-scary stories and spooktacular surprises!  Feel free to come in costume! Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  This…

Pumpkin Painting on the Porch

Thu, October 28, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Paint your own mini pumpkin on our porch!   Supplies are limited, first come, first served. Even though we will be outside, please remember to wear your mask and keep space between…

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.