Queen Memorial Library

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

Queen Memorial Library is currently fundraising for the Kay Haring Reading & Block Party on Saturday, July 1st.

You can learn more and donate here, if you care to.

Further details will be added to this page as they become available. Thanks for your support!

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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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

LGBTQ Storytime!

Fri, Jun 9, 11:00 A.M.

Join Miss Liz for a fun-filled family storytime. We will read, dance, sing, and play, all while exploring LGBTQ themes.

LGBTQ Collaborative Art Project

Tue, Jun 13, 3:00 P.M.

Join us for a drop-in art program. LGBTQ themed books, movies and comics will be on display, along with all the supplies you need to contribute a…

Science in the Summer 2017 - Science of Sports!

Tue, Jun 27, 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin…

Movie Mondays!

Mon, Jul 3, 2:00 P.M.

Come enjoy a fun family film and munch on popcorn! Enjoy coloring pages themed for each movie following the showing.

Wednesday Tabletop Games

Wed, Jul 5, 2:00 P.M.

Swing by the library and enjoy an array of classic and modern tabletop games (everything from chess and scrabble to RPGs!) Bring your friends and…

Movie Mondays!

Mon, Jul 10, 2:00 P.M.

Come enjoy a fun family film and munch on popcorn! Enjoy coloring pages themed for each movie following the showing.

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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.


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."