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, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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., Feb. 13 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • 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
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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

Urban Medicine Cabinet

Sat, Feb 1, 1:00 P.M.

Make and take home your own tinctures, salves, and syrups using native wild plants such as plantain herb, yarrow herb, and elderberry and learn…

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Feb 4, 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…

Black History Month Storytime

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30 A.M.

Our regular morning Pre-K storytime honors Black History Month! Join us as we read, sing, dance, and learn together, with an added focus on…

Black History Jeopardy

Wed, Feb 12, 4:30 P.M.

Come play a special edition of  Jeopardy  for Black History Month! Test your knowledge of important people, places, events, and other…

Kids Can Cook!

Tue, Feb 18, 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…

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

Thu, Feb 20, 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."