Queen Memorial Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 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

  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Feb. 14 : 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

Chair Yoga

Thu, Dec 20, 3:00 P.M.

Center your body and mind and improve balance in this FREE yoga class led by certified instructor Janet Faulls. All levels and abilities are…

Pre-K Storytime

Fri, Dec 21, 11:00 A.M.

Join us as we read, sing, dance, and learn together! Older siblings are always welcome. For additional information, please call the librarian at…

A Taste of African Heritage

Fri, Dec 21, 1:00 P.M.

Our six-week cooking program, A Taste of African Heritage, celebrates the healthy food traditions of the African diaspora. The program introduces…

Chair Yoga

Thu, Dec 27, 3:00 P.M.

Center your body and mind and improve balance in this FREE yoga class led by certified instructor Janet Faulls. All levels and abilities are…

A Taste of African Heritage

Fri, Dec 28, 1:00 P.M.

Our six-week cooking program, A Taste of African Heritage, celebrates the healthy food traditions of the African diaspora. The program introduces…

A Taste of African Heritage

Fri, Jan 4, 1:00 P.M.

Our six-week cooking program, A Taste of African Heritage, celebrates the healthy food traditions of the African diaspora. The program introduces…

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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."