Lovett Memorial Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 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

  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 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.
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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

Colorful Stories Presents: Positive Racial Representation in Children's Books

Sat, Jan 18, 11:00 A.M.

The stories and illustrations within picture books shape children's racial attitudes towards others, and their own racial identities.  We…

Play Dungeons & Dragons With Us!

Sat, Jan 18, 1:30 P.M.

Come one, come all!  The Dungeon Master requests your presence.  Games are open to all players, including newbies who would like to…

Play Dungeons & Dragons With Us!

Sat, Jan 18, 1:30 P.M.

Come one, come all!  The Dungeon Master requests your presence.  Games are open to all players, including newbies who would like to…

Lip Scrub Making

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00 P.M.

Make your own lip scrub for the cold winter months.  We will be using natural materials.  Space may be limited.

Builder Club

Wed, Jan 22, 4:00 P.M.

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

Chess for All Ages

Wed, Jan 22, 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…

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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.