Queen Memorial Library

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

Queen Memorial Library will open today (Friday. December 9) at 11:00am. Our public PCs will be unavailable until Monday, 12/12. We appreciate your patience during this time!

Remember, you can manage your library account online. Nearby library locations include South Philadelphia Library and Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library.

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/4 Closed
Monday, 12/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 12/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Thursday, 12/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Friday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 12/10 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to carpet replacement.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to carpet replacement.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to carpet replacement.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to carpet replacement.
  • * Friday has hour changes – No public computer access/copying/or printing at this time. Check Monday for latest update.
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

  • Fri., Dec. 9: Open 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM No public computer access/copying/or printing at this time. Check Monday for latest update.
  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime!

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime with Miss Liz. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Daycares…

Make Your Own Gingerbread House

Thu, Dec 15, 4:00 P.M.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House! Supplies provided, but are limited...first come, first served. Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by…

It’s Storytime!

Fri, Dec 16, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime with Miss Liz. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Daycares…

Do-It-Yourself Greeting Cards

Mon, Dec 19, 4:00 P.M.

Go craft crazy with Miss Liz as we make our own seasonal greeting cards! Great for holidays or just because. All supplies provided. Space is…

Preschool Storytime!

Tue, Dec 20, 10:30 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime with Miss Liz. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Daycares…

It’s Storytime!

Fri, Dec 23, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their caregivers are invited for weekly storytime with Miss Liz. Join us as we read, sing, dance and learn together! Daycares…

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About

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.

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."

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 7, 17, 64
Subway/Surface: Broad Street line to Ellsworth/Federal station then transfer to 64 bus.