McPherson Square Library

601 East Indiana Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134-3042
Indiana Ave. & "F" St.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday Closed
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Tea with Tuesday: Virtual Adult Book Club

Tue, April 27, 2021 7:00 P.M.

Interested in joining the Virtual Adult Book Club hosted by McPherson Library? Our April book will be a biography.  If yes, then please email Ms. Tuesday…

In The Movement! Hip Hop & Civil Rights

Thu, May 20, 2021 4:00 P.M.

A virtual assembly focused on youth & student involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement through dance, audience participation, and a variety of interactive activities. Students hear…

Peace, Love, Unity + Having Fun

Thu, May 27, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Energetic dancers will use breakdancing and abundant audience participation to explore hip hop's rich cultural history and how Black youth changed the world.  Led by Hip Hop Fundamentals…

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.