Nicetown-Tioga Library

Nicetown-Tioga Library is temporarily closed.

3720 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-3608
Broad St. & Erie Ave.
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Upcoming Events

College Opportunities Information Table

Mon, April 22, 2024 3:45 P.M.

Heights Philadelphia will be here to provide information on college access, financing college, the college application process and introduce us to the new virtual helpline for Philadelphia…

Kids Can Cook!

Mon, April 22, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Learn about cooking and baking techniques by cooking a two course meal.  Participants will work in teams and eat the wonderful food you cook up. This program is for school-age kids, up to age…

Adult Basic Literacy Classes

Tue, April 23, 2024 1:30 P.M.

Do you know an adult who wants to learn to read or write? We are offering FREE basic literacy course for adults to help them improve their basic skills. For more information, call 215-868-8664 or…

Teens Can Cook!

Tue, April 23, 2024 3:45 P.M.

Learn about cooking and baking techniques by cooking a two-course meal with us.  Participants will work in teams and then eat the wonderful food we cook up. Cooking will be directed by Keisha…


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.