Lovett Memorial Library

Friday, April 22 – Message from Staff

East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) and Lovett Memorial Library present the “In the Park” program series for children and families. Programs will take place most Thursdays, from June through October. Stay tuned for more details!

6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.
Open today until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Thu., Oct. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Storytime in Lovett Park with Ms. Dana

Tue, August 16, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs and silliness.  Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers.  This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.…

Play Dungeons & Dragons With Us!

Wed, August 17, 2022 5:00 P.M.

Come one, come all!  The Dungeon Master requests your presence.  Games are open to all players, including newbies who would like to learn how to play.  Are you an experienced…

Music with Gina!

Thu, August 18, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Music with Gina will be performing for you and your little ones.  Be prepared to get up and get dancing using your imagination, through movement, singing and playing together.  …

Listening to the Elders

Fri, August 19, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Tell your story of Mt. Airy during the Civil Rights Era.  Let us know where we have been and how we got to where we are now.  Interviews will be submitted through the StoryCorps app, and…

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.