McPherson Square Library

601 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-3042
Indiana Ave. & "F" St.
Closed Today
Sunday, 12/5 Closed
Monday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 12/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/11 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Sat., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Jan. 17 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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Facilities

  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Kids Music Group

Mon, December 6, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Join Kensington Storefront weekly at the Library to sing, play, and move! Children up to age 10 and their caregivers are invited to come together to create music and memries, while supporting…

Teen Art Club

Thu, December 9, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Are you interested in art, anime or manga? Come out and join art club. We will explore different mediums and look at different styles of art. Teens 12 and up   

Kids Music Group

Mon, December 13, 2021 1:30 P.M.

Join Kensington Storefront weekly at the Library to sing, play, and move! Children up to age 10 and their caregivers are invited to come together to create music and memries, while supporting…

Teen Art Club

Thu, December 16, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Are you interested in art, anime or manga? Come out and join art club. We will explore different mediums and look at different styles of art. Teens 12 and up   

About

Set in a small neighborhood park, McPherson Square serves the neighborhoods of Kensington, McPherson Square, and K & A. It is located near the Allegheny El station.

History

McPherson Square Branch now resides in a domed, classically designed Carnegie building centered a small neighborhood park known as McPherson Square. Over a century ago, however, the library first opened on July 5, 1898 in an old house known as the Webster Mansion. The mansion had been the home of three generations of the prominent Webster family from 1805 until 1891, when the home and grounds were sold to the City of Philadelphia for recreational purposes. The mansion was torn down in 1915 and the current library building opened on May 25, 1917.

McPherson Square Park is named for General William MacPherson, who was the original owner of Webster Manson. General McPherson— - the son of Captain John MacPherson, a famous Scottish sea captain - —joined the patriot forces in 1776. George Washington, a close friend, was often entertained in the mansion.

In the park is a statue of Charles Allen Smith, the second American killed at Vera Cruz in 1914. Smith lived at 2168 Sergeant Street, and the statue was paid for by a collection from neighbors.

Inside the library, look for sculptured reading tables with attached seating. Woodcarver Stewart Paul was commissioned to make the tables in 1972.