Queen Memorial Library

1201 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-4316
(Federal St. between 22nd & 23rd)
215-685-1899

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Scanner
  • Water fountain

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Upcoming Events

Hatch and Care for Chickens at the Library!

Wed, May 22, 10:00 A.M.

We're partnering with 4-H (via Penn State Extensions) again this year to experience nature firsthand through their Embryology program! Come…

Hatch and Care for Chickens at the Library!

Thu, May 23, 10:00 A.M.

We're partnering with 4-H (via Penn State Extensions) again this year to experience nature firsthand through their Embryology program! Come…

Chair Yoga

Thu, May 23, 3:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga, led by certified yoga instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga,…

New and Expectant Parents Group

Tue, May 28, 1:00 P.M.

New & Expectant Parents & Caregivers Group Led by a new mom in the neighborhood, this group provides snacks, socializing, and support for…

Chair Yoga

Thu, May 30, 3:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga, led by certified yoga instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga,…

Meet Author Christian Trimmer and Illustrator Jessie Sima

Thu, Jun 6, 11:15 A.M.

Join us as picture book author and illustrator duo Christian Trimmer and Jessie Sima share their stories and books in a special Pride month…

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About

Located on the lower level of the Landreth Apartments, the Queen Memorial Branch serves all ages. The entrance is on Federal Street between 22nd and 23rd streets.

History

With a name dating back to 1895, Point Breeze was designated as one of the original Green Countrie Towns sponsored by Philadelphia Green, a program dedicated to increasing planted urban spaces. Important neighborhood institutions include the YMCA at 17th and Christian Streets, which has served African Americans since 1889, and the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, which was founded in 1984.

Named in honor of a Philadelphia optician, pioneer microscope maker and philanthropist, the James W. Queen Memorial Library was founded in 1907. It was originally housed in the Hope Presbyterian Church at 33rd and Wharton Streets. This library became the Queen Memorial Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on December 13, 1912. In 1945, it was relocated to a rented building at 1313-15 Point Breeze Avenue.

Queen Memorial Branch opened on Tuesday, January 17, 1995 in the Landreth Apartments, a residence for seniors. The building, built in 1889, is a renovated elementary school - —the former Landreth School. Mamie Nichols, Executive Director of the Point Breeze Federation, was a prime leader behind the renovation of the school into a "multi-purpose achievement center."