Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/7 Closed
Monday, 8/8 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Tuesday, 8/9 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 8/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Cooling Issues
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Cooling issues. Materials pickup service will be available 11 AM - 7 PM.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 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., Sep. 1 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Oct. 6 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
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  • 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

Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Play Group

Thu, August 11, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces for babies with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome. Inside or outside depending on weather and health…

Friday Fun

Fri, August 12, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Stop in on Friday afternoons to play giant board games, build with giant LEGO Bricks, and more! Program will be inside or outside depending on weather and health guidelines. Text @ricschool to…

The Amazing Magi Summer Reading Finale

Mon, August 15, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Join Pirate Mike and his friends on an interactive magical sea quest to learn about the ocean and its treasures and secrets. See amazing magic tricks, funny puppet friends, and maybe a live…


Mon, August 15, 2022 5:30 P.M.

Bring your yoga mat and join us for a yoga series in the library, if you don't have one we can supply one to sue (supplies are limited). Beginners and advanced are welcome. Free. Donations are…


Serving the Richmond and Port Richmond communities.


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.