Lovett Memorial Library

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

Youth Drop In Days.  Do you want a safe space to just hang out?  We'll have different activities that could include Karaoke, board games, other things you can decide on... and, always music.  On Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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. Every other Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. - starting May 3

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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. 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.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : 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

Mocha Moms (and Kids)

Sat, May 26, 11:00 A.M.

Moms of color will meet monthly to chat.  Join us from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. Mocha Moms is a national organization, and this is the local…

Spring Storytime

Tue, May 29, 10:30 A.M.

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

Chess Club

Wed, May 30, 7:30 P.M.

Play chess with us.  For all ages, and skill levels.

Kickoff Party!

Wed, Jun 6, 4:00 P.M.

Start the summer off in style! Sign up for Summer Reading and be dazzled by Ed the Magician.  For all ages.

Emlen Young Artists' Exhibition and Reception

Sat, Jun 9, 12:00 P.M.

Join us to celebrate the creativity of a group of students from the E. C. Emlen School. Feast your eyes on their original artwork, all of which…

Rainbow Storytime

Wed, Jun 13, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for Rainbow Storytime!  We'll read, dance, sing, and play, all while exploring LGBTQ+ themes!

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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.