Queen Memorial Library

1201 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-4316
Federal St. between 22nd & 23rd
Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 2 : Closed New Year's Day (Observed)
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Services By Appointment

Services

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
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Friday Family Storytime with Mx. Kate

Fri, December 9, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Join Mx. Kate on Fridays at 10am for Family Story Time! Library friends ages 0-5 are welcome for a storytelling adventure – we’ll be singing songs, playing games, reading stories, and…

Kids DIY Terrarium Workshop with Ms. Leslie

Mon, December 12, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Kids 5-12 are welcome to join our friend Ms Leslie, of Bartram's Garden fame, in her DIY terrarium workshop! All materials are provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Tuesday Chess Club with Mx. Kate

Tue, December 13, 2022 4:00 P.M.

Join Mx. Kate on Tuesdays for Chess Club at 4pm! Kids 12 and under are welcome to play and learn with support from Mx. Kate. All supplies provided. No experience is necessary; all skill levels…

Friday Family Storytime with Mx. Kate

Fri, December 16, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Join Mx. Kate on Fridays at 10am for Family Story Time! Library friends ages 0-5 are welcome for a storytelling adventure – we’ll be singing songs, playing games, reading stories, and…

About

The Queen Memorial Library is located on the lower level of the Landreth Apartments, the former Landreth School. The entrance is on Federal Street between 22nd and 23rd streets. Its amenities include a vibrant children's area, a dynamic space for teens, and a suite of longstanding programs like Chair Yoga for adults and Kids Can Cook culinary classes for kids and teens (temporarily on hiatus due to safety concerns). The library has partnered with UPenn's Graduate School of Education, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Union Baptist Church, and many more community partners to offer a variety of events and programs to our patrons.

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Want a new way to get in touch? Text a Queen Memorial staff member at 484-580-9927!

We will return your message during operating hours (Monday-Thursday 10-6 & Friday 10-5)


 

History

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 in its current location 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, then Executive Director of the Point Breeze Federation, was a prime leader behind the renovation of the school into a "multi-purpose achievement center."