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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 had hour changes – preparation for the Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • * Thursday had 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

  • 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)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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

A Taste of African Heritage

Sat, Nov 25, 11:00 A.M.

A Taste of African Heritage, brings the  African Heritage Diet Pyramid  to life, showing people how to eat and cook healthfully,…

Open Computer Lab

Mon, Nov 27, 12:00 P.M.

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

Beginner ESL Class

Mon, Nov 27, 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,…

Meatless Mondays

Mon, Nov 27, 4:00 P.M.

Join Chef Char Nolan for Meatless Mondays, an interactive class on vegan cooking for all ages. This class session will cover healthy desserts with…

Resumes & Jobs

Mon, Nov 27, 6:00 P.M.

Create a     resume or bring in your own for  critique. Learn to maximize your online job searching.  

Building Block Party

Tue, Nov 28, 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.