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, 12/4 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 12/5 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/7 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/8 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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

  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Fri., Dec. 30: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year's Day holiday
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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

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00 A.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…

Open Computer Lab

Sun, Dec 11, 1:00 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…

E-Gadget Help

Mon, Dec 12, 12:00 P.M.

Bring your phone, tablet or laptop for troubleshooting. Learn to download E-books from the library.

Open Computer Lab

Mon, Dec 12, 4:00 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…

Microsoft Word

Tue, Dec 13, 10:00 A.M.

Learn to use this popular computer program to type & format documents.

Open Computer Lab

Tue, Dec 13, 12:00 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…

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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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 29, C
Subway/Surface: Broad Street line to Tasker/Morris stop.