Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
(Indiana Ave. & Almond St.)
215-685-9992

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Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • 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
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station

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Upcoming Events

Game Day Mondays

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00 P.M.

Indoor and outdoor fun and games for children and teens.

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Meghan for stories, songs, and activities. Recommended for children 4 and under and their caregivers. Siblings always welcome. Groups…

Preschool Playtime

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00 A.M.

Come play, learn, and get to know each other in our preschool area. Recommended for children ages 4 and under and their caregivers.

STEAM Wednesdays

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00 P.M.

Art projects, science experiments, and other fun activities. Groups, please call to make a separate appointment.

Read, Baby, Read Walkers and Talkers Pajama Storytime

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00 P.M.

Dance, wiggle, and sing along in our fun storytime for young independent movers.  For babies and toddlers with their…

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00 A.M.

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders. …

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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.