Lovett Memorial Library

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

Do you like to play chess?  Join us on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and play a friendly game.  For all levels.  Chess boards are available anytime, just ask a librarian!

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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 11 : 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

Science in the Summer 2018 - Science of Space!

Thu, Jul 19, 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…

Family Game Night

Mon, Jul 23, 5:30 P.M.

Bring your favorite board games to Family Game Night!  This drop-in program will run from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Summer Storytime

Tue, Jul 24, 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  For children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents and caregivers.

Let's Play - Afternoon Session

Tue, Jul 24, 3:30 P.M.

We're going outside to play active games... weather permitting.  For ages 4 to 11.

Let's Play - Morning Session

Tue, Jul 24, 11:30 P.M.

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

Pajama Storytime

Wed, Jul 25, 7:00 P.M.

Enjoy a bedtime snack and listen to fun sleepytime stories in your pajamas! Don't forget your favorite stuffed friend.

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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.