Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Virtual Baby Storytime

Sat, February 27, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan on our Facebook page each Saturday for a short virtual baby storytime full of stories, songs, and fun activities. Geared toward children ages 2 and under. Read, Baby, Read is made…

Virtual Storytime

Tue, March 2, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan for a virtual storytime on Facebook full of songs, rhymes, and book recommendations. Geared toward children ages 4 and under.

Take-and-Make Kits

Thu, March 4, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Each kit contains instructions for crafts and all or almost all of the supplies you will need, plus some bonus activity ideas! There will also be video instructions posted on our Facebook page.…

Activi-day Thursday

Thu, March 4, 2021 12:00 P.M.

Visit our  Facebook  page each Thursday for science experiments, crafts, games, and more using common household supplies. 

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.