Richmond Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

2987 Almond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-4955
Indiana Ave. & Almond St.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10/17 Closed
Monday, 10/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 10/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/23 Closed
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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
  • Electrical outlets available

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Wed, October 20, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for stories, songs, and fun at our in-person, outdoor storytimes! Recommended for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Siblings welcome. Please follow current…

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Thu, October 21, 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! For babies with caregivers. Siblings welcome. Please follow…

Take-and-Make Kits

Tue, October 26, 2021 12:00 P.M.

Stop in to pick up a craft kit on Tuesdays starting at 12:00 p.m. Kits contain instructions and supplies plus bonus activity ideas! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Supplies are limited and are…

Outdoor Preschool Storytime

Wed, October 27, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for stories, songs, and fun at our in-person, outdoor storytimes! Recommended for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Siblings welcome. Please follow current…

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.