Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 2 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 6 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Chess Club

Mon, April 15, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Learn and improve your chess playing skills with top-notch chess players! Free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome. No registration required. Text @ricadult or @ricschool to…

Horror Book Club

Mon, April 15, 2024 6:00 P.M.

Looking for folks who share a passion for quality literature that give you the creeps? Richmond Library is happy to offer our HORROR BOOK CLUB every third Monday of the month. 18+ only! Text…

Latin Jazz Concert

Tue, April 16, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Hear the merging of Jazz with Latin Music from top area musicians. The upbeat style will have everyone moving! All ages welcome. Text @ricadult to 81010 for reminders. 

Preschool Storytime & Play Group

Wed, April 17, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs, and fun for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome. Text @ricprescho to 81010 for reminders.

About

Serving the Richmond and Port Richmond communities.

History

William Ball settled in the area in 1728. Thus, Balltown was the first name given to Port Richmond. Mr. Ball gave the name Richmond Hall to the main house on his farm.

In 1830, William Cramp began shipbuilding in Port Richmond, and by 1840 established Cramp's Shipyard, which built fighting ships for both world wars. By the last half of the 19th century, Port Richmond was the busiest port along the Atlantic seaboard. When the city consolidated in 1854, Port Richmond was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia.

The first incarnation of the Richmond Library was in 1897 as a "Traveling Library" of 300 books in a flour and feed store located at 2965 Richmond Street. It was open two nights a week.

In 1897, Protestant ministers rallied the community to establish a neighborhood library. The following years, the library was moved to the second floor of the Mutual Hall Association at the corner of Richmond Street and Neff (now Indiana). Featuring expanded hours, it was called the Port Richmond Branch and housed 3,000 books.

The cornerstone of the current branch was laid in 1908 as a result of Andrew Carnegie's financial gift to the Free Library, and also Anne W. Penfield's donation of land for the purpose of a library. At the time, Penfield was considered the wealthiest woman in America; her father William Weightman had founded a chemical company in East Falls.

The library opened on March 15, 1910. It was renovated in 1994 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.