Northeast Regional Library

2228 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-1297
Cottman Ave. & Oakland St.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
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Facilities

  • 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

Preschool Storytime

Mon, January 30, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Preschool Storytime (In-Person) Join us for Preschool storytime! Enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes and songs. This program is for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers. Siblings…

English Conversation Group (In-Person)

Mon, January 30, 2023 4:30 P.M.

Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other adults in a casual learning environment. No registration is required. Group meets in the ground floor meeting room. Find more…

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance

Wed, February 1, 2023 12:00 P.M.

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with…

SAT Workshop for Teens

Wed, February 1, 2023 12:30 P.M.

Teens, get a head start on preparing for the SAT exams. We will offer a free workshop to prepare you. Please follow the link to register…

About

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.

History

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.