The Lovett Memorial Library will be closed through December 15, 2017. Due to extensive building renovation. During this time we encourage you to visit the following nearby libraries:

Lovett Memorial Library

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

You're invited to the GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION of Lovett Memorial Library! Please join us on Saturday, December 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is rain or shine.

Mayor Jim Kenney and other special guests will give remarks at 11:00 a.m. There will be balloon art, fun learning activities, food, music, giveaways, and more. It's a FREE party for the whole family!

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Grand Reopening!

Sat, December 16, 2017 10:00 A.M.
Lovett Memorial Library

We will reopen to the public today with a full lineup of fun activities.  Bring your kids, bring your neighbors, bring your friends. Stay tuned for more info on the day's schedule.

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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.