Lovett Memorial Library

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

Open today 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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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

Maker Monday

Mon, Jul 22, 4:00 P.M.

We will have an exciting weekly STEAM-based activity.  Best for ages 5 and up.  

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin…

Summer Storytime

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

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Best for ages 2 and up, along with an adult.  

Let's Play!

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30 A.M.

Join us to do fun activities outside, directly after storytime.

Jammin' on the Porch

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00 P.M.

Come to play, come to listen!  Join our library jam session.  Bring your own instruments. Program will be held on the 2nd & 4th…

WURD's Summer of Freedom Tour Returns to the Free Library!

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00 A.M.

Join WURD radio (96.1FM / 900AM) for a LIVE broadcast from the library, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., as part of their annual Summer of Freedom…

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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.