Lovett Memorial Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 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., Feb. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

Friends of Lovett Library - Organizational Meeting

Sat, Jan 20, 10:30 A.M.

Do you love our library as much as we do? Join like-minded people and see how you can put your time, talent, or treasure to good use. Bring your…

Harry Potter Fun

Sat, Jan 20, 1:30 P.M.

Join us for an afternoon of all things Harry Potter.  We'll have coloring pages, bookmark and potion making and of course a movie (chosen…

Friends of Lovett Library - Organizational Meeting

Wed, Jan 24, 7:30 P.M.

Do you love our library as much as we do? Join like-minded people and see how you can put your time, talent, or treasure to good use. Bring your…

Up South Cooking

Mon, Feb 5, 6:30 P.M.

The themes of food and home play important roles in Another Brooklyn . Join chef Valerie Erwin as she pays homage to the personal stories of…

L-O-V-E it!

Wed, Feb 14, 3:37 P.M.

Make a valentine for someone you love, or use our supplies to make something YOU love!

Play Day

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

Drop in for our special hour of free play!  For children up to age 5 years old (accompanied by an adult).

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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.