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, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
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

  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Volunteer Orientation

Thu, Feb 22, 4:00 A.M.

Do you love the Lovett library?  Have you ever wondered about getting involved in what happens at your library?  Do you want to give…

Hidden Figures

Sat, Feb 24, 1:30 P.M.

Celebrate Black History Month and watch “Hidden Figures” with us.   This the incredible untold story of Katherine…

Tail Waggin' Tutor

Mon, Feb 26, 4:00 P.M.

School age kids are invited to read a story with Lexie, a certified therapy dog!  We know that kids can gain confidence by reading out loud…

Craft-er-noons!

Wed, Feb 28, 4:00 P.M.

You provide the imagination, we'll have the supplies.  Recommended for kids age 5 and up.

Genealogy

Mon, Mar 5, 7:00 P.M.

Learn about African genealogy with Northwest Village Network and Natline Thornton.

Craft-er-noons!

Wed, Mar 7, 4:00 P.M.

You provide the imagination, we'll have the supplies.  Recommended for kids age 5 and up.

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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.