Richmond Library

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.
Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 2/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
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. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 7 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Mar. 29 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Mar. 31 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 4 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime & Play Group

Wed, February 21, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs, and fun for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome. Text @ricprescho to 81010 for reminders.

Children's Crochet Club

Wed, February 21, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Learn to crochet! Recommended for children ages 7 and up. Text @ricschool to 81010 for reminders.

Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Play Group

Thu, February 22, 2024 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. Text @ricbaby to 81010 for reminders. This program…

Chess Club

Mon, February 26, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Learn and improve your chess playing skills with top-notch chess players! Free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome. No registration required. Text @ricadult or @ricschool 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.