Queen Memorial Library

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

Queen Memorial Library offers family storytimes twice weekly:

Tuesdays at 10:30am

Fridays at 11:00am

We hope you'll join us for books, songs and movement!

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

  • Thu., Mar. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 13: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 11: 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)

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Upcoming Events

Read to Therapy Dogs Linus & Finn

Wed, Mar 1, 4:00 P.M.

Like many of us, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’s character Christopher Boone feels calmed by the presence of animals.…

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Thu, Mar 2, 4:00 P.M.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday! Stories, games, snacks, and crafts will be offered for children of all ages.

Bug Party!

Wed, Apr 12, 3:00 P.M.

Meet Scott Prior and his fabulous collection of bugs!  Scott will introduce you to a wide variety of his favorite insects and share fun and…

About

Located in the Landreth Apartments for seniors, 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."

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 7, 17, 64
Subway/Surface: Broad Street line to Ellsworth/Federal station then transfer to 64 bus.