The Northeast Regional Library will be closed through January 28, 2018. Due to building emergency. During this time we encourage you to visit the following nearby libraries:

Northeast Regional Library

2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297
(Cottman Ave. & Oakland St.)

Due to PGW activity, staff do not have access to the building and the dropboxes are closed.  Please return materials to other Free Library locations.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Library is temporarily closed.


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Open Computer Lab

Wed, Jan 31, 12:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

Work on a special project and get one-on-one assistance.  This class is offered on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.…

Book Discussion Group

Wed, Jan 31, 1:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

Join us for a book discussion. This month we'll discuss P. D. Jame's "Death of an Expert Witness".  This program includes…

Yoga for Adults

Tue, Feb 6, 7:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

An inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities.  Wear something comfortable and come to the library for wellness,…

Gardening Fair

Sat, Feb 10, 1:00 P.M.
Northeast Regional Library

Learn about gardening, flowers and the environment with the opportunity to meet and chat with Penn State Master Gardeners, Delaware Valley…

Storytelling Group

Tue, Feb 13, 10:57 A.M.
Northeast Regional Library

This monthly meet-up for adults and teens is an opportunity to listen to stories and tell your own, real or made-up.  Featured storytellers…

Business Startup Basics: Part 1

Fri, Feb 16, 10:00 A.M.
Northeast Regional Library

Led by Rob Goza,Lead Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration Part 1: Friday, February 16, 10:00 am - 11:30 am…

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The Northeast Regional Library is second only to the Central Library in size, available resources and number of staff. Located near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton Avenues, it serves the greater northeast area as a regional library, and the entire city for research.


The area served by Northeast Regional Library encompasses land that was originally Lower Dublin Township and parts of Oxford and Delaware Townships. Settlers from northern Europe first arrived there in the seventeenth century, and established farms. The area remained primarily agricultural until the early twentieth century. In 1854, these townships, along with the boroughs of Frankford and Bridesburg, were consolidated into Philadelphia County.

In 1955, the Free Library of Philadelphia developed the concept of the regional library, which would serve as a branch for its immediate area, and also as a bridge between the comprehensive collections of the Central Library and the more modest resources offered by neighborhood branches. A proposal to build the first regional library was approved for the 1957-1962 capital budgets. On July 11, 1962, ground was broken for the Northeast Regional Library, the first in a proposed series of regional libraries that would be built in each geographical sector of the city.

The city's northeast saw rapid development after World War II. Large tracts of vacant land were soon filled with thousands of row homes and twins. The homes were occupied by returning servicemen, many the sons of immigrants.

Retail development soon followed. In 1952, ground was broken for a $5,000,000 shopping complex that included a department store and supermarket at Cottman and Castor Avenues. The Roosevelt Mall opened in the early sixties, followed by another department store at Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in 1965. The site selected for Northeast Regional is located in the heart of this shopping complex.

Northeast Regional offers a collection of more than 150,000 books divided into four subject departments, including the children's department. A fifth department offers an extensive collection of periodicals and newspapers. Each department occupies an entire floor of the building; the lowest level is an auditorium meeting room. The circulation desk is located in the ground floor lobby of the building. When you visit, look for the 9x44' three-dimensional wooden mural that adorns the right wall of the lobby.

The children's department of the library opened on Monday, October 28, 1963; the adult departments opened in December, 1963. In 1998, the library was renovated as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch.