Richmond Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Tuesday, April 27 – Message from Staff

Outdoor, in-person programs at Richmond Library begin in May! Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, Yoga, and more!

Thursday, December 10 – Message from Staff

Richmond Library is currently open for hold pickups by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 215-685-9992 to schedule.

Place all returns in the drop box on Almond Street, open 24/7.

Visit our Facebook page for weekly children's programs including Virtual Storytime, Activi-day Thursday, and Take-and-Make kits! Plus stroll by the library to read the latest StoryWalk attached to the library fence!

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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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

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Tue, May 11, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for stories, songs, and fun at our in-person, outdoor storytimes! Participants will be asked to wear masks (ages 2+) and to distance themselves from other…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Thu, May 13, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at our in-person, outdoor storytimes! Participants will be asked to wear masks (ages 2+) and to…

Outdoor Yoga

Sat, May 15, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Bring your yoga mat and join us for an 8 week outdoor yoga series in the lovely shaded Almond Street side garden beneath the old oak tree.   In the event of bad weather the class will be…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Thu, May 20, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at our in-person, outdoor storytimes! Participants will be asked to wear masks (ages 2+) and to…

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.