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 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

  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving 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

Friends of the South Philadelphia Library Members Meeting

Mon, Sep 16, 5:30 P.M.

The Friends of the South Philadelphia Library hosts our monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month to discuss ways to grow membership, how…

Story Jams!

Tue, Sep 17, 10:30 A.M.

Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration! This program is…

Computer Basics

Tue, Sep 17, 2:00 P.M.

This class will introduce you to basic computer skills like understanding how to utilize your mouse and keyboard, searching the internet, creating…

Community Health Fairs

Tue, Sep 17, 3:00 P.M.

Have the opportunity to connect with health resources for you and your family. Each month, we’ll have representatives from local…

Philadelphia New Voting Machine Demonstration

Tue, Sep 17, 3:00 P.M.

Philadelphia is getting new voting machines for the first time since 2002. Come test out the new touchscreen ExpressVote XL machines and practice…

The Mobile CPR Project

Tue, Sep 17, 3:00 P.M.

The Mobile CPR Project will be hosting free CPR Training at the South Philadelphia Library’s Community Health Fair. To learn more, contact…

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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.