Richmond Library

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

Open today until 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 8/12 Closed
Monday, 8/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 8/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/18 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Photo of Richmond Library

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

Read, Baby, Read Walkers & Talkers Pajama Storytime

Wed, Aug 15, 6:00 P.M.

Dance, wiggle and sing along in our fun storytime for young independent movers. Pajamas optional. Siblings welcome. Read, Baby, Read is a series…

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Thu, Aug 16, 2:30 P.M.

Bring your little one for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Siblings welcome. Read, Baby, Read is a series of fun programs for…

Construction Club

Fri, Aug 17, 3:30 P.M.

Build with LEGOs, MagnaTiles, KEVA planks, Straws & Connectors, and more. All ages welcome. Children under seven must be accompanied by an…

Board Game Mondays

Mon, Aug 20, 12:00 P.M.

Children and teens are welcome to drop in and play board games all day.

Read, Baby, Read Play Café

Mon, Aug 20, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for play and great conversation for babies, toddlers, and grown-ups alike. Light refreshments will be served. Read, Baby, Read is a series…

Sensory Storytime

Mon, Aug 20, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for a Sensory Storytime geared toward children on the autism spectrum and their families. We will read picture books, sing songs, and do…

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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.