South Philadelphia Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thu., Feb. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 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

Martin Luther King Day Storytime & Craft

Sat, Jan 18, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a Martin Luther King Day storytime for children and their parents, followed by a craft and an opportunity to help pack hygiene kits…

Literacy Lab

Sat, Jan 18, 12:00 P.M.

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The…

Literacy Lab

Sat, Jan 18, 2:00 P.M.

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. The…

Hygiene Kit Packing Event

Sat, Jan 18, 2:00 P.M.

: Help us continue our Hygiene Kit distribution. Library patrons can receive bags of toiletries and community resources upon request through this…

Intermediate English Classes | Clases de inglés gratis

Sun, Jan 19, 1:00 P.M.

Our weekly class for English learners at the Intermediate level has started back up! Intermediate classes are every Sunday from 1pm-2:30pm.…

Baby Storytime

Tue, Jan 21, 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…

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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.

South Philadelphia Library was designated a Zone of Peace in 2019 by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia for its work in answering the call to stop violence by “making our homes and neighborhoods zones of peace free from fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness."