McPherson Square Library

601 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-3042
Indiana Ave. & "F" St.
Closed Today
Sunday, 1/22 Closed
Monday, 1/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Thursday, 1/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/28 Closed
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to building improvement.
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

  • Thu., Feb. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 2 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Story Drumming

Tue, January 31, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Story Drumming involves a read aloud of a book, a brief review of the characters or events in the book and a syllabic drumming circle (about 10 drummers at a time) that is based on the responses…

Adult Book Club

Tue, January 31, 2023 7:00 P.M.

January we are reading Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of Japanese American experience during and after WWII internment. Please email Ms. Tuesday for the zoom link.…

Printmaking Valentine’s Day Cards

Mon, February 13, 2023 3:00 P.M.

Pam Draper will show teens and school- age kids the process of printmaking and together they will create cards for valentine’s day.

Beads and Go

Thu, February 16, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Juanita Howard from Beads and GO will visit the branch and show school- age students how to make jewelry with beads

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.