Northeast Regional Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Friday, February 5 – Message from Staff


In Person Services: The library is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 to 4:30. We ask that you keep your visit to 30 minutes to ensure safe physical distancing.  Masks are required for entering the building.


Phone Reference: Give us a phone call (215-685-0522) between 9AM and 5PM on weekdays.


Materials Pickup Service: You can pick up your holds at the front door on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.  Call to schedule a pick-up appointment. 


Book Drop Hours: Monday-Thursday overnight and close on Friday at 4:30pm for the weekend. Book drop will reopen on Monday at 9:00am. Please note that all items will be first quarantined for 7 days, and will therefore not be immediately checked in.


Remote Printing:  We now offer pick-up printing services! Send an email to with your print job (10 pages max) as an attachment.  Then call our Humanities Dept. at 215-685-0512 to schedule a pick-up.  You are entitled to one free print job each month. 


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The IRS tax forms (1040 and 1040-SR) and Instructional booklet are now available. Please make an appointment for pickup on the days we are not open. PA State forms are available for download on the Internet or you may call 1-888-PATAXES (1-888-728-2937) to place an order for state forms.

2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297
Cottman Ave. & Oakland St.
By Appointment Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday By Appointment
Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday By Appointment
Friday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Children's only restroom
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Screen magnify tools
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Screen-reading software (JAWS)
  • ZoomText Keyboard & Special Key Features

Upcoming Events

Virtual-5-Minute Storybreak

Fri, February 26, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick story! All are invited to watch!  

Virtual-Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

Tue, March 2, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday!   Join us for a special reading of Green Eggs and Ham and some green egg salad! Appearance by a special visitor!…

Virtual-5-Minute Storybreak

Wed, March 3, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick story! All are invited to watch!  

Virtual-5-Minute Storybreak

Fri, March 5, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick story! All are invited to watch!  


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.