South Philadelphia Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday, closed on Saturdays and open on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Closed Today

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

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : 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

Computer Basics

Mon, Jun 26, 12:00 P.M.

Introductory class for individuals with no previous computer skills.

Movies Mondays

Mon, Jun 26, 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, Jun 26, 2:00 P.M.

Visit the lab during this period to work on a special project or browse the internet. One-on-one assistance is available on a first-come, first…

Tips and Strategies for Job Seekers

Mon, Jun 26, 6:00 P.M.

Come to learn about career development from Human Resource professionals. Topics will include: Interview prep How to sell yourself Networking…

Building Block Party

Tue, Jun 27, 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,…

Builder’s Club

Tue, Jun 27, 1:00 P.M.

Join us for some building fun for school aged children. Wooden blocks, legos and more! We can't wait to see what will you construct! Camps and…

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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.