Lovett Memorial Library

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

Do you need a little relaxation and focus?  Spend some time meditating with us on Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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!

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/10 Closed
Monday, 2/11 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/13 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 2/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/16 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., Feb. 18 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
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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

Winter Storytime

Tue, Feb 19, 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.

Story to Stage: Playwriting Classes

Tue, Feb 19, 3:30 P.M.

Are you interested in creative writing or theatre?  What about learning how to write and perform an original play for an audience? If you…

Mosaic Crafting with Bella Mosaic Art

Sat, Feb 23, 2:00 P.M.

Create your own mosaic craft with Jessica from Bella Mosaic Art.  This is a family program, best suited for ages 5 and up.  Space may be…

Winter Storytime

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

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.

Get on the Bus!

Thu, Feb 28, 10:30 A.M.

Children will read Last Stop on Market Street , discuss their own bus experiences, and create 3D paper buses to drive along a large map of…

Spanish Conversation Group

Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 P.M.

Join us for conversation and community. For intermediate Spanish speakers.  Spanish speakers who would like to improve their English are also…

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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.