Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday.

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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

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 7 : 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)

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Upcoming Events

Fabulous Fun—A Gender-Diverse/LGBTQIA+ Storytime Celebration

Mon, Jun 26, 11:30 A.M.

Children from 3-8 and their caregivers are invited to explore what makes us unique through colorful stories, music, dress-up and more.

Let’s Speak English! for International Adults

Mon, Jun 26, 5:30 P.M.

FREE! • Weekly conversation hour. • Build your confidence speaking English. • Topics may involve small talk, holidays and customs, common slang. •…

Toddler Storytime

Tue, Jun 27, 10:30 A.M.

Skate into spring with our Public Toddler Storytime!  Together, we’ll explore stories, songs, and movement. These programs are intended…

Science in the Summer 2017 - Science of Sports!

Thu, Jul 20, 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…

Meet Summer of Wonder Illustrator Greg Pizzoli!

Tue, Jul 25, 11:30 A.M.

Meet Summer of Wonder Illustrator Greg Pizzoli! Join us as picture-book author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli shares his stories and artwork. Greg…

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.