McPherson Square Library

601 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-3042
(Indiana Ave. & "F" St.)
215-685-9995

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 7/14 Closed
Monday, 7/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 7/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/20 Closed
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to cooling issues.
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., Aug. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Facilities

  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Yoga in the Park

Thu, Jul 18, 4:30 P.M.

Root2Rise will be teaching yoga to all who are interested. We will provide a mat. Bring your own water bottles.

Sewing Club

Fri, Jul 19, 10:00 A.M.

Do you have clothes that need repair or favorite pair of jeans needs a hem? Bring them to the library and use our sewing machine!  Fridays…

Club Time

Wed, Jul 24, 10:00 A.M.

This summer we have set aside a special time to work on bigger projects.  Interested in painting?  Come join our Art Club. …

Teen Movie

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a free movie and popcorn. Bring your own drinks

Stay Hydrated: Fresh Recipes to Beat the Heat

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Can't stand the heat? Try out these cooling recipes using fresh fruit. Tastings included! This free program for teens is drop-in and limited…

Beat the Heat with Fresh Fruit Drinks

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Can't stand the heat? Try out these cooling recipes using fresh fruit. Tastings included! This free program for teens is drop-in and limited…

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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.