Queen Memorial Library

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

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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

  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Movie Mondays

Mon, Jul 16, 2:00 P.M.

Watch a different movie each week (G or PG), popcorn included!

Old Skool Game Day

Thu, Jul 19, 2:00 P.M.

Chess, Checkers, Cards, Scrabble, and more! Relax and enjoy a variety of board and card games.

Paper Folding Fridays

Fri, Jul 20, 2:00 P.M.

Join Miss Liz to create a unique paper craft each week – no experience necessary.

Movie Mondays

Mon, Jul 23, 2:00 P.M.

Watch a different movie each week (G or PG), popcorn included!

Science in the Summer 2018 - Science of Space!

Tue, Jul 24, 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…

Old Skool Game Day

Thu, Jul 26, 2:00 P.M.

Chess, Checkers, Cards, Scrabble, and more! Relax and enjoy a variety of board and card games.

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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."