Northeast Regional Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Tuesday, August 17 – Message from Staff


In Person Services: The library is open on Monday 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Tuesday 1:00PM to 6:00PM, Wednesday 12:00PM to 8:00PM, Thursday 1:00PM to 6:00PM and Friday 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated patrons should consider wearing two masks indoors.


Phone Reference: Give us a phone call (215-685-0522) during our business hours on weekdays.


Materials Pickup Service: You can pick up your holds at the front door Monday to Friday.  Call to schedule a pick-up appointment. 


Book Drop Hours: Monday-Thursday overnight and close on Friday at 4:30PM for the weekend. Please note that all materials will be checked in the following day. Materials returned on Friday will be checked in following Monday. Book Drop will be closed when we are open to the public.


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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2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297
Cottman Ave. & Oakland St.
Open today 12:00 p.m. –
Sunday, 9/12 Closed
Monday, 9/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/14 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/16 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/18 Closed
12:00 p.m. – *
  • * Saturday has hour changes – Staff development
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
View all holiday closings


  • 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

Wed, September 22, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick pre-recorded story! All are invited to watch!  

CareerLink® Job Search Help

Wed, September 22, 2021 3:00 P.M.

Looking for a Job? Need to update your resume? Learn how to apply for jobs online Learn about resources PA CareerLink®  has to offer from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. 

Virtual-5-Minute Storybreak

Fri, September 24, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick pre-recorded story! All are invited to watch!  

Virtual-5-Minute Storybreak

Wed, September 29, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM on our Facebook page Northeast Children's for a quick pre-recorded 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.