South Philadelphia Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/17 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' 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

  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Baby Storytime

Tue, Feb 19, 10:15 A.M.

A lap-sit storytime with stories, songs, and bounces for babies and their caregivers. Daycares and groups please call the children's librarian…

PreK Storytime

Tue, Feb 19, 11:00 A.M.

Dance, listen, and sing along in this story time for independent movers. Stay after story time for a make and take craft. Daycares and groups…

Gaming Garage

Wed, Feb 20, 4:00 P.M.

Come and get hands on with the Nintendo Switch. Students of all ages can join us for games of Mario Kart, get on their feet with Just Dance 2018,…

Sit and Stitch

Wed, Feb 20, 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, Feb 20, 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, Feb 21, 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…

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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.