Nicetown-Tioga Library

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

 Do you want to learn how to play chess, or how to play better? Join us for a friendly game of chess. All levels are welcome, for ages 8 and up.  Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Starts September 20!

The Job Lab is back!  

Are you looking for a job and finding that everyone requires online applications?  We can help you.  Someone will be available on Mondays, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Space may be limited.

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/23 Closed
Monday, 9/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 9/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/29 Closed
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 15 : 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

Teen Tuesdays: Don't Read This Book!

Tue, Sep 25, 4:00 P.M.

Celebrate Banned Books week with us.  

Chess Club

Thu, Sep 27, 4:00 P.M.

Do you like to play chess?  Do you want to learn how to play, or how to play better? Join us for a friendly game.  All level…

Teen Advisory Council

Fri, Sep 28, 3:30 P.M.

Do you want to have a say in what type of programs happen at your library?  Attend a meeting - your opinions matter!  Bring a friend,…

Job Lab

Mon, Oct 1, 12:00 P.M.

Are you looking for a job and finding that everyone requires online applications?  We can help you! Space may be limited; first come, first…

Spelling Bee | First Meeting

Mon, Oct 1, 4:00 P.M.

Do people tell you that you are a great speller?  Show off your skills by participating in our Spelling Bee, later this fall.  But…

Teen Tuesdays: Games

Tue, Oct 2, 4:00 P.M.

What games will be playing this week?  

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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.