Nicetown-Tioga Library

3720 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-3608
Broad St. & Erie Ave.
Open today 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Afterschool at the Library: Homework Help

Mon, October 3, 2022 2:30 P.M.

It's Monday and it's back to basics.  We can help with specific homework assignments, projects, schedule planning and also offer studying tips. We're here to help! Most…

Start High School Equivalency or English Language Classes through Next Level Learning

Tue, October 4, 2022 12:30 P.M.

Are you looking to earn your high school equivalency (a high school diploma, GED, HiSET, etc.), take some refresher courses in math and reading, or improve you English language skills?…

Self Care: Lavender Sachets

Wed, October 5, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Drop in and learn how to make a calming lavender sachet.  All materials will be provided.  Space will be limited but no sign ups are required.  All ages.  

Interested in Working for the City of Philadelphia?

Thu, October 6, 2022 1:00 P.M.

The City of Phila Office of Human Resources will be tabling at the library today, from 1:00 till 3:00 p.m. Come speak to Human Resources representatives and learn about civil service…

About

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!

History

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.