Lovett Memorial Library

Lovett Memorial Library is temporarily closed.

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.
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Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime with Ms. Dana

Tue, August 11, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  She will be conducting this storytime using Facebook…

Virtual Pajama Storytime

Thu, August 13, 2020 6:30 P.M.

Listen to fun sleepytime stories in your pajamas! Don't forget your favorite stuffed friend. This program will appear on the branch facebook page.  Click here to access:  …

Virtual Storytime with Ms. Dana

Tue, August 18, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  She will be conducting this storytime using Facebook…

Virtual Pajama Storytime

Thu, August 20, 2020 6:30 P.M.

Listen to fun sleepytime stories in your pajamas! Don't forget your favorite stuffed friend. This program will appear on the branch facebook page.  Click here to access:  …

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.