Richmond Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, December 27 – Message from Staff

All indoor programs at Richmond Library are currently cancelled due to COVID concerns. Take-and-Make Craft Kits are available and Virtual Storytimes will be posted on our Facebook page.

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.
By Appointment Today
Sunday, 1/23 Closed
Monday, 1/24 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Tuesday, 1/25 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 1/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/29 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortae, offering materials pick up 12-2pm today.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Feb. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 3 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 7 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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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
  • Electrical outlets available

Upcoming Events

Virtual Preschool Storytime

Tue, January 25, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan on our Facebook page each Tuesday for a virtual storytime full of stories, songs, and fun activities. Geared toward children ages 4 and under.   Text @ricprescho to 81010 for…

Everything you need to know about Unemployment Benefits

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Do you have questions about Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania? Lawyers and paralegals from PLA will be available to meet with community members and discuss their issue or refer them to…

Virtual Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Fri, January 28, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan on our Facebook page each Friday for a short virtual baby storytime full of stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. Geared toward children ages 2 and under. Text @ricbaby to 81010 for…

Virtual Preschool Storytime

Tue, February 1, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan on our Facebook page each Tuesday for a virtual storytime full of stories, songs, and fun activities. Geared toward children ages 4 and under. Text @ricprescho to 81010 for…

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.