Queen Memorial Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 9 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 12 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 14 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 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

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Mar 3, 4:00 P.M.

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a…

Bold & Brave

Fri, Mar 6, 11:00 A.M.

Learn the stories of heroes who dreamed big and never gave up in the fight for women’s voting rights. Then, create your own “Suffrage…

Community Healing Circle

Sat, Mar 14, 1:00 P.M.

With an open mind and open heart, step out of the ordinary and join a healing circle inspired by passages from Tommy Orange's novel, There…

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Mar 17, 4:00 P.M.

Kids and Teens are invited to join us select Tuesdays during the school year (approximately every other week) to help prepare and enjoy a…

Bold & Brave

Wed, Mar 18, 10:30 A.M.

Learn the stories of heroes who dreamed big and never gave up in the fight for women’s voting rights. Then, create your own “Suffrage…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Thu, Mar 19, 4:30 P.M.

Throughout the school year Bartram's Garden staff will offer FREE nature programs at the library for children ages 8-13. Space is limited;…

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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."