Lovett Memorial Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/17 Closed
Monday, 11/18 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/20 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 11/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/23 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 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

Mindfulness Meditation

Thu, Nov 21, 10:30 A.M.

Learn how to reduce stress, increase energy, and attention in this one-hour workshop with Deborah Cooper.  The benefits accrue with…

Scrabble Club

Thu, Nov 21, 3:30 P.M.

Do you love to play scrabble?  Would you like to learn how to play, or learn how to play better?  Join us and play some friendly…

Yoga at the Library

Fri, Nov 22, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for an hour-long, weekly yoga class which will offer participants a judgment free space for gentle movement, quiet meditation and guided…

Play Dungeons & Dragons With Us!

Sat, Nov 23, 1:30 P.M.

Come one, come all!  The Dungeon Master requests your presence.  Games are open to all players, including newbies who would like to…

Fall Storytime

Tue, Nov 26, 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Best for ages 2 and up, along with an adult. Storytime will be held most Tuesdays, September…

Graphic Novel Book Club

Tue, Nov 26, 4:00 P.M.

Do you like to read Graphic Novels?  If so, this book club is for you. What's your favorite thing about the Dog Man series?  Join us…

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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.