Lovett Memorial Library

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

Now open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!

Do you like art?  Do you like to read?  Combine them with our SmART Readers program.  Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. (now until the end of November).

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 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., Nov. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 13 : 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

Autumn Storytime

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

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

Homebuying Seminar

Wed, Oct 24, 6:00 P.M.

Thinking of buying a home? Learn all there is to know about shopping for a home, negotiating the price, and financing in this worksop led by the…

Not-So-Scary Storytime

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

Join Ms. Dana for seasonal stories, and even get a treat!  Wear your favorite costume! For children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents…

Wizard School Spooktacular!

Wed, Oct 31, 4:00 P.M.

It's Halloween!   Tricks and treats await as we make potions, crafts and moreFor magical kids ages 6 and up.  Space and supplies are…

Autumn Storytime

Tue, Nov 6, 10:30 A.M.

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

Power Up Your Business Using Social Media

Wed, Nov 7, 5:00 P.M.

Learn how having a social media presence for your business can drive customers to you.  This program will run from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and is…

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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.