South Philadelphia Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus 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

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

Thu, Jul 18, 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin…

Chess Club

Thu, Jul 18, 4:00 P.M.

Learn to play chess or improve your game! Students of all ages, and all levels welcome.  Register with Prashant at GhoksheP@freelibrary.org.…

Play Circle

Fri, Jul 19, 10:00 A.M.

Every Friday, join us for play time to connect with other families. Children and their caregivers are encouraged to imagine, build, create,…

Math Fridays

Fri, Jul 19, 3:00 P.M.

Young mathematicians will play math games and try out activities based on the book of the week. All activities are for young learners ages 9-12.…

Maker Mondays

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00 P.M.

This hands on class taught by UPenn graduate students will give young engineers a chance to tinker and experiment with a variety of building…

Story Jams!

Tue, Jul 23, 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…

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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.