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 6:30 p.m.  Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults, in a casual learning environment.

Open today until 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 11/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 11/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Friday, 11/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – preparation for the Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Thanksgiving Day
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Nov. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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

Open Computer Lab

Mon, Nov 20, 12:00 P.M.

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

Beginner ESL Class

Mon, Nov 20, 12:30 P.M.

This class runs once a week on Mondays. Some basic knowledge of English is expected. This class is free and registration is not required, however,…

Introduction to Excel

Mon, Nov 20, 6:00 P.M.

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

Open Computer Lab

Tue, Nov 21, 10:00 A.M.

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

E-Gadget Help

Tue, Nov 21, 10:00 A.M.

Bring your phone, tablet or laptop for troubleshooting. Learn to download free eBooks, movies& magazines.

Building Block Party

Tue, Nov 21, 10:30 A.M.

Come explore and socialize at this play circle and block building time. Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build,…

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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.