South Philadelphia Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 3/18 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 3/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 3/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 3/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to inclement weather
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., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
  • Thu., May. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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

Urban League Career Development | Rediscover yourself, Find your future, Make New Choices!

Wed, Mar 21, 12:30 P.M.

This FREE Career Development course will include the following topics: Identifying your gifts or talents Job or education placement assistance…

Wii Wednesdays!

Wed, Mar 21, 4:00 P.M.

Come play video games on the big screen! Learn new steps, play Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii, and get encouraged to get…

Sit and Stitch

Wed, Mar 21, 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, Mar 21, 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…

Healthy Storytime

Thu, Mar 22, 10:30 A.M.

 Learn about different health topic each month through stories and activities. Presented in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of…

Kids Craft Club

Thu, Mar 22, 4:30 P.M.

Get crafty every Thursday! Create a different make-and-take craft project every week. 

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


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.