Queen Memorial Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

1201 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-4316
Federal St. between 22nd & 23rd
Closed Today
Sunday, 7/3 Closed
Monday, 7/4 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 7/5 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/6 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/7 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/8 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/9 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Independence Day
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

  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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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
  • Bicycle rack

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Chair Yoga

Wed, July 6, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga each Wednesday at 1pm, led by certified instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age…

Let’s Explore! With Bartram’s Garden

Wed, July 6, 2022 4:30 P.M.

Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff! For children ages 8-13 and their families. Workshops will take place on the first…

Outdoor Pre-K Storytime

Fri, July 8, 2022 10:00 A.M.

In-person Pre-K storytime returns to the library's courtyard! Join us each Friday at 10am (weather permitting) as we read, sing, dance, and learn together. For children ages 0-5 and their…

Outdoor Chair Yoga

Wed, July 13, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Ground your mind and body with a full hour of FREE chair yoga each Wednesday at 1pm, led by certified instructor Janet Faulls. This is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age…

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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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."