South Philadelphia Library

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

English Language Circle:  Join us for a free weekly conversation hour - Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.  Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults, in a casual learning environment.

Immigration Resources Fair | New Americans

Sat, September 23, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at South Philadelphia Library

Are you a new immigrant to the Philadelphia area? Would you like to learn about resources available to you? Stop by and you can learn about employment, housing, health, English classes, and more! This event is free and no registration is required. For more information click here or call Abbe at 215-685-1758.

Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 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

Resumes & Jobs

Mon, Aug 21, 12:00 P.M.

Create a     resume or bring in your own for  critique. Learn to maximize your online job searching.  

Movies Mondays

Mon, Aug 21, 12:30 P.M.

Start your week with a family friendly movie at the Library. Movies will be rated G or PG.

Open Computer Lab

Mon, Aug 21, 2:00 P.M.

Use a computer for up to 2 hours. Assistance from library staff is available.  

Introduction to Excel

Tue, Aug 22, 10:00 A.M.

Class covers how to work with rows & columns, format sheets and apply simple math formulas.  

Building Block Party

Tue, Aug 22, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a play circle and building time with wooden blocks. Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create,…

Open Computer Lab

Tue, Aug 22, 11:30 A.M.

Use a computer for up to 2 hours. Assistance from library staff is available.  

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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.