Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library

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

Open today until 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

  • Thu., Aug. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 5 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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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

Eco Art

Wed, Jul 17, 2:30 P.M.

Come join our make a jug bird feeder or basic basket with us.

Movie Afternoon

Thu, Jul 18, 2:30 P.M.

Come join our PYN teen leader Tianna for movies and popcorn.

Technology Fridays

Fri, Jul 19, 2:30 P.M.

Come join us as we explore the world of technology.  We will play with our Wii, explore our VR console, and other fun uses of technology.

Summer of Wonder Kits

Mon, Jul 22, 2:30 P.M.

Come join us as we explore the Summer of Wonder materials; play Code Names, or Marble Run, try Blockus or Chain Reactions, or one of our other fun…

Let's Speak English | For International Adults

Mon, Jul 22, 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…

Sewing and Sculpture Days

Tue, Jul 23, 2:30 P.M.

Come join us as we sculpt with air dry clay or learn basic sewing skills.

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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.