Lovett Memorial Library

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

Teens!  Do you want to have a say in what happens at the library?  Join our Youth Council and learn leadership skills while having a positive impact on your community. Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

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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., May. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : 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

BINGO Bash

Mon, Apr 23, 4:00 P.M.

Try your luck at BINGO afterschool.  Best for kids ages 8 and up.

Capoeira for Teens

Mon, Apr 23, 4:00 P.M.

Learn about the instruments, music, moves and more as we experience Capoeira.  This is a Brazilian martial art form that was invented by…

Spring Storytime

Tue, Apr 24, 10:30 A.M.

Storytime fun for children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents and caregivers.

Drop-in Cafe

Tue, Apr 24, 4:00 P.M.

Stop into the library on Tuesay afternoons and see what we are doing today...karaoke? board games?  DDR?  For teens and tweens; program…

DNA & Genealogy

Wed, Apr 25, 2:00 P.M.

Learn about DNA and how it relates to genealogy with Northwest Village Network and Natline Thornton.

Craft-er-noons!

Wed, Apr 25, 4:00 P.M.

You provide the imagination, we'll have the supplies.  Recommended for kids age 5 and up.

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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.