Queen Memorial Library

Limited services available. Building is currently limited to staff.

Thursday, August 6 – Message from Staff

 

Queen Memorial Library is now offering limited remote and curbside services to our patrons:

 

Material Returns - 24 hours a day in our outdoor dropbox

Phone Reference - Staff are onsite to answer phone queries Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Call (215) 685-1899 for assistance.

Curbside Pickup - Available holds can be picked up by appointment only, Monday through Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:30pm-4:00pm. You can place your holds online or via phone, and when the items become available you can set up a pickup appointment with us by calling or emailing Gardinere@freelibrary.org

Virtual Storytimes - Daily storytimes for kids are posted each weekday afternoon on our facebook page. You can also find all past virtual storytimes on our YouTube Channel

Remote Printing - Coming Soon! Check back for updates

 

Find out more about the library's current service offerings systemwide here.

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

Available Services

  • Book Drop
  • Material Pickup
  • Phone Reference
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Upcoming Events

Reading, Mathing, Making: Literacy Tuesdays

Tue, August 11, 2020 1:00 P.M.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August, the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program will be offering free live, online…

Reading, Mathing, Making: Math Wednesdays

Wed, August 12, 2020 1:00 P.M.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August, the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program will be offering free live, online…

Reading, Mathing, Making: Maker Thursdays

Thu, August 13, 2020 1:00 P.M.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August, the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program will be offering free live, online…

Reading, Mathing, Making: Literacy Tuesdays

Tue, August 18, 2020 1:00 P.M.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August, the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program will be offering free live, online…

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. Its amenities include a vibrant children's area, a dynamic space for teens, and a suite of longstanding programs like Chair Yoga for adults and Kids Can Cook culinary classes for kids and teens. The library has partnered with UPenn's Graduate School of Education, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Union Baptist Church, and many more community partners to offer a variets of events and programs to our patrons.

History

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 in its current location 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."