Nicetown-Tioga Library

3720 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-3608
(Broad St. & Erie Ave.)

Teen parents! Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about resources and opportunities for you and your child. Dates and Topics:

Wednesday, December 14th: Pizza party and holiday craft extravaganza! Participants will each receive 3 children's books to take home.

Wednesday, January 11th: How to find affordable, quality day care. Hear about resources for parents and learn about the Library's Read by 4th initiative.

Wednesday, February 8th: HEALTH Coverage 101. Learn about health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your child.

Wednesday, March 8th: Join a workshop with Community Legal Services and have your questions answered about custody, welfare, housing, and other topics.

Wednesday, April 12th: Continuing Education. Join representatives from Philadelphia Community College and Temple University to learn more about continuing or starting your high school, GED, vocational school, or higher education.

Wednesday, May 10th: Job Search Basics. Get help with writing a resume and cover letter, making the best of your interview, and taking advantage of local employment opportunities.

Wednesday, June 14th: Cooking for Health: Learn how to take better care of mind and body through healthy cooking and meditation exercises. We'll make a lunch and discuss the importance of nutrition!

All workshops are FREE with refreshments and giveaways provided at all meetings. Need more information? Contact Lynne Haase, Branch Manager, (215) 685-9790

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/28 Closed
Monday, 5/29 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/31 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/1 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/3 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • Thu., Jun. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)


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Upcoming Events

Summer of Wonder Kick-off!

Mon, Jun 12, 3:30 P.M.

Come on down for a fun time as we kick-off our Summer of Wonder, full of cool programs, storytimes, movies crafts and games.  Today, the…

Teen Parent Talk and Take

Wed, Jun 14, 3:00 P.M.

Teen parents! Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. to learn about resources and opportunities for you and your child.…


Wed, Jun 28, 4:30 P.M.

Learn how to make your own smooties!  Ms. Keirra & Ms. Maggie will have everything you need.  We'll also learn about fruits,…

OLDHEAD @ the Library

Tue, Jul 11, 3:00 P.M.

Tony Chennault, a young Philly filmaker has put together a web series called Oldhead.  Tony says, "Oldhead gives an authentic depiction…

Snake Party!

Wed, Jul 12, 4:00 P.M.

Are you curious about snakes?  Learn about the behaviors and habitats of some fascinating snakes.  Scott Prior will bring many of his…

Origami Fun

Wed, Jul 19, 4:00 A.M.

Explore origami with us and make some incredible things - like pianos and frogs - all using folded paper.  All ages are welcome, but younger…

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Serving the communities of Nicetown and Tioga, the Nicetown-Tioga Branch is located on Broad Street between Erie and Germantown Avenues, close to the Erie station of the Broad Street Subway. "Like" our facebook page at Nicetown-Tioga Library!


Nicetown was named for a group of Dutch Huguenots, who in about 1700 settled near what is now Hunting Park Avenue. Tioga centers around 20th and Tioga Streets. The area was originally called Kenderton when it was subdivided around 1820 by Kenderton Smith. When the Reading Railroad station was built at Tioga Street in 1854, the neighborhood's name changed.

The history of the Nicetown-Tioga Library began shortly after the Free Library received its charter in 1897, when the people of Nicetown used their "energetic persuasion" toward obtaining a branch. With the gift of $1,150 from Midvale Steel Works and the Link-Belt Company, Nicetown Library opened in the renovated Pfund's Hall at 4015 Germantown Avenue.

However, the library needed larger and better space. On June 29, 1917, a new library funded by Andrew Carnegie was opened at 1715 Hunting Park Avenue, near Wayne Avenue. The 12th library in the Free Library system, it kept the name "Nicetown."

The present library, now named for both communities, opened in a remodeled Linton's restaurant on April 16, 1961. It was located at the intersection of Broad Street, Erie and Germantown Avenues - now a transportation hub with a Broad Street subway station.

For years since its opening, the branch maintained a separate adult department on the first floor and a children's department on the second floor. In 1993, however, the library was remodeled. It reopened in 1994 with an expanded first floor, housing both the adult and children's collections. A new preschool center was added to the rear of the first floor, replacing the staff workroom and kitchen, which were moved to the second floor.

Money was raised to refurbish the branch in 1996. The first floor was carpeted and the walls were painted. New reading tables and chairs were installed and computers for the public were introduced.

The library was further renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.