Lovett Memorial Library

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

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 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 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

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Low Sodium Cooking on a Budget

Wed, May 22, 6:00 P.M.

Come learn some simple secrets for preparing delicious dishes from fruits and vegetables that are readily available in spring -- without all the…

Pandora's Garden: Nature Storytime

Fri, May 24, 10:30 A.M.

Hear nature-based songs and stories that inspire us to play outside.  A scavenger hunt will take us outside onto the grounds of the library…

French Conversation Group

Fri, May 24, 10:30 A.M.

Join a small group of non-native French speakers for conversation.  Native speakers are also welcome. Meets most Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to…

Celiac Awareness Storytime with Local Author Maggy Williams

Sat, May 25, 11:00 A.M.

In honor of Celiac Awareness month, local author Maggy Williams will read from her book Celia and the Glue Man: A Girl's Journey to Becoming…

Play Dungeons & Dragons With Us!

Sat, May 25, 1:30 P.M.

Come one, come all!  The Dungeon Master requests your presence.  Games are open to all players, including newbies who would like to…

Spring Storytime

Tue, May 28, 10:30 A.M.

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

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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.