Lovett Memorial Library

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

Open today until 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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  • 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

Builder Club

Wed, Jan 29, 4:00 P.M.

Let's build with LEGOs, Keva planks, Magna-Tiles and more! Best for ages 3 and up.  

Book Discussion: There There

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00 P.M.

Join a free public discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, There There by Tommy Orange . Limited copies of the novel will be…

Chess for All Ages

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00 P.M.

The Lovett Chess Club has been in existence for nearly a decade!  Beginners, as well as experience players are welcome.  This is a…

What Happened to the Historic Wingohocking Creek?

Wed, Jan 29, 7:00 P.M.

Historic maps of Philadelphia show two creeks, the Wissahickon and WingohockingCreeks.  Modern maps only show the Wissahickon. The…

Mindfulness Meditation

Thu, Jan 30, 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, Jan 30, 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…

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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:


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.