Queen Memorial Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/10 Closed
Monday, 2/11 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 2/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/16 Closed
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., Feb. 18 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
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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

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Tue, Feb 19, 4:00 P.M.

Healthy Cooking class for school-aged children, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare…

Family Academy Courses & Training | Parenting Basics

Wed, Feb 20, 4:00 P.M.

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Eyewitness Nature! with Bartram’s Garden

Thu, Feb 21, 4:00 P.M.

Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For school aged children up to 13 years…

PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

Wed, Feb 27, 5:00 P.M.

With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE…

Kids Can Cook

Tue, Mar 5, 4:00 P.M.

Healthy Cooking class for school-aged children, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare…

Book Discussion: Ghost Boys

Thu, Mar 7, 4:00 P.M.

Sit down at your local library to discuss social injustice and its role in Jewell Parker Rhodes’ novel, Ghost Boys .   Reading the book…

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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."