South Philadelphia Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : 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

Introduction to MS Word

Tue, May 29, 10:00 A.M.

Learn to use the program Microsoft Word to type & format documents.  

Baby Storytime

Tue, May 29, 10:30 A.M.

A lap-sit storytime with stories, songs, and bounces for babies and their caregivers. Daycares and groups please call the children's librarian…

Open Computer Lab

Tue, May 29, 11:00 A.M.

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

Urban League Career Development | Rediscover yourself, Find your future, Make New Choices!

Wed, May 30, 12:30 P.M.

This FREE Career Development course will include the following topics: Identifying your gifts or talents Job or education placement assistance…

Open Computer Lab

Wed, May 30, 3:30 P.M.

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

Wii Wednesdays!

Wed, May 30, 4:00 P.M.

Come play video games on the big screen! Learn new steps, play Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii, and get encouraged to get…

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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.