South Philadelphia Library

1700 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-2392
(Broad & Morris Sts.)
215-685-1866

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 4/21 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Monday, 4/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/24 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 4/26 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Saturday, 4/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Sunday had hour changes – Easter
  • * Friday has hour changes – staff development day
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 26 : Closed staff development day
  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Change machine
  • Children's only restroom
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Older Adult Lunch

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

Make and enjoy a delicious plant-based lunch with Chef Char Nolan. Door prizes, recipes, and more. Try new healthy meat-free meals with AARP…

Healthy Hangout

Wed, Apr 24, 4:00 P.M.

Students of all ages are welcome to our Healthy Hangout! Staff from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be here after school with…

Sit and Stitch

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

Join a circle of knitters and crocheters for an informal evening of needlecrafts.  Any skill level welcome, though formal instruction will…

English Language Circle

Wed, Apr 24, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for a free weekly conversation hour.  Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults, in a casual…

Dance me a Story

Thu, Apr 25, 10:30 A.M.

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and…

Drop-in Writing Help from University of Pennsylvania Faculty

Thu, Apr 25, 3:00 P.M.

Free help with: Resumes Cover Letters Filling out Forms ( unable to help with legal, financial, or tax documents) Writing Projects College/School…

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About

Welcome to our new South Philadelphia Library in the Community Health and Literacy Center at Broad and Morris Streets!

History

This area of south Philadelphia was mainly small farms until the mid-1800's. Broad Street was named by William Penn, who described it as "a Broad Street in the middle of the city, from side to side" between the rivers. It ran from Vine to South (then Cedar) Streets, since they were the original boundaries of the city. In 1819, the street went as far south as Dickinson. By the middle of the 19th century, it was extended to the navy yard.

The original South Philadelphia Branch was located at Broad and Ritner Streets in a T-shaped Carnegie building that opened on November 24, 1914. In 1965, the building was closed and the South Philadelphia Branch reopened at its current location.

In June 2016, the new South Philadelphia Library Reopened to the public.  It is the first of five pilot neighborhood libraries to be reimagined and reshaped to meet the changing needs of today’s library customers. Located on the first floor of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center, it includes a Community Health Resource Center with staff trained by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Public Health Initiatives, as well as a central “living room” area, a teen space, a Pre-K Zone, a computer lab, and updated study rooms. Its nearly 12,000 square feet of space serve more than 150,000 customers annually.