South Philadelphia Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 5/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 5/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : 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

PreK Music & Movement

Thu, May 23, 12:30 A.M.

Join us for Music & Movement with Mr. Ray! This is a time to sing, dance, and share stories. Free and no registration required. Groups please…

Drop-in Writing Help from University of Pennsylvania Faculty

Thu, May 23, 3:00 P.M.

Free help with: Resumes Cover Letters Filling out Forms ( unable to help with legal, financial, or tax documents) Writing Projects College/School…

Chess Club

Thu, May 23, 4:00 P.M.

Learn to play chess or improve your game! Students of all ages, and all levels welcome.  Register with Prashant at GhoksheP@freelibrary.org.…

Play Circle

Fri, May 24, 10:00 A.M.

Every Friday, join us for play time to connect with other families. Children and their caregivers are encouraged to imagine, build, create,…

Computer Basics

Tue, May 28, 2:00 P.M.

This class will introduce you to basic computer skills like understanding how to utilize your mouse and keyboard, searching the internet, creating…

Explore Virtual Reality

Wed, May 29, 3:00 P.M.

Experience Virtual Reality games and experiences with Oculus Rift! We offer educational and recreational experiences for teens and adults. Travel…

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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.