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, 2/17 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Thursday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to the closure of the City of Philadelphia for weather conditions.
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., Mar. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 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

Literacy Lab

Sat, Feb 23, 12:00 P.M.

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. South…

Literacy Lab

Sat, Feb 23, 2:00 P.M.

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. South…

Portable Studio: Our Stories

Sat, Feb 23, 2:00 P.M.

Portable Studio Artists Jess Conda and Bethlehem Roberson are professional Philadelphia artists who use theater and music to inspire and explore…

ESL Class

Sun, Feb 24, 1:00 P.M.

A weekly class for English learners at the Beginner and Intermediate levels. Register with the librarian at 215-685-1866.…

Beginner/Intermediate English Language Class

Mon, Feb 25, 12:30 P.M.

A weekly class for English learners at the Beginner and Intermediate levels. Register with the librarian at 215-685-1866.

Kids’ Yoga Class

Mon, Feb 25, 4:00 P.M.

Join yoga teacher Danielle Pramick for a free children’s yoga class at the library. This class will give kids a safe environment to play,…

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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.