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, 11/18 Closed
Monday, 11/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Friday, 11/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/24 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Thanksgiving Day
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., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • 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

Pre-K Storytime

Tue, Nov 20, 10:30 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…

New and Expectant Parents Group

Tue, Nov 20, 2:00 P.M.

Bring baby and meet new families in your neighborhood! Get support and education from other parents. Iced tea and snacks provided. For…

Pre-K Storytime

Fri, Nov 23, 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…

Pre-K Storytime

Tue, Nov 27, 10:30 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…

New and Expectant Parents Group

Tue, Nov 27, 2:00 P.M.

Bring baby and meet new families in your neighborhood! Get support and education from other parents. Iced tea and snacks provided. For…

Kids Can Cook

Tue, Nov 27, 4:00 P.M.

Healthy Cooking class for school-aged children, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare…

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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."