Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library

600 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123-1311
(6th St. & Girard Ave.)
215-686-1768

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 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., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 4 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Nov. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Scanner
  • Water fountain

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Upcoming Events

Let's Speak English | For International Adults

Mon, Aug 20, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Aug 21, 10:30 A.M.

Splash through the summer with our Public Toddler Storytime!  Together, we’ll explore stories, songs, and movement. These programs are…

Craft & Chat

Wed, Aug 22, 5:30 P.M.

Do you crochet, knit, cross-stitch, or do other kinds of handwork? Are you learning a new kind of craft? Please join our weekly Craft & Chat…

Anime, Manga & Gaming Meetup for Adults and Older Teens

Mon, Aug 27, 5:30 P.M.

Adults and teens 16 and up are invited to meet up for ongoing screenings, conversation and gaming sessions! Bring your love for different series…

Let's Speak English | For International Adults

Mon, Aug 27, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Aug 28, 10:30 A.M.

Splash through the summer with our Public Toddler Storytime!  Together, we’ll explore stories, songs, and movement. These programs are…

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About

Located on Girard Avenue, this branch was known as the Girard Avenue Branch until 1977, when it was named for an educator and community leader. The branch serves the communities of Olde Kensington, Kensington South, Ludlow, Yorktown, East and West Poplar, Northern Liberties, and Girard/Poplar.

History

The neighborhood of Northern Liberties dates from the 1860s. To encourage settlement, William Penn gave those who purchased a lot of land within the city limits (north of Spring Garden Street) a free property in the "Liberty Lands," the wilderness to the north. The district was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia in 1854.

Girard Avenue's story began when the wealthiest man in America, Stephen Girard, decided to make a new street. According to his 1830 vision, the street would be lined with mansions. However, as the city's population grew, Girard Avenue became the city's “"second Market Street,"” with four covered markets.

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez library opened for business as the Girard Avenue Branch on December 16, 1968. The City Council renamed the branch on May 27, 1977 to honor the memory of Ramonita G. de Rodriguez. Rodriguez was an outstanding Puerto Rican educator and community leader who served with the School District of Philadelphia as a supervisor in the Bilingual Program.

The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the “"Changing Lives"” campaign, which refurbished branches and ensured Internet access. As part of the Girard Avenue Coalition's effort to revitalize the street, The Mural Arts Program of the City of Philadelphia has created a colorful mural for the library's exterior. You might also notice the abstract relief sculpture on the concrete fascia encircling the building, which was crafted by sculptor Joseph J. Greenberg, Jr.