South Philadelphia Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

1700 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-2392
Broad & Morris Sts.
By Appointment Today
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Thursday, 5/26 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/27 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 2 - 6pm today.
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

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)

Upcoming Events

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Wed, May 25, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

Cuentos Infantiles en Español |Children’s Storytime in Spanish with Read, Baby Read!

Thu, May 26, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Se invita a los niños/as y a los adultos que los acompañan para que participen en un programa de cuentos, rimas y cantos en inglés y español en el parque infantil…

Read, Baby Read Outdoor Storytime at DiSilvestro Playground

Wed, June 1, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join us outdoors at DiSilvestro Playground for a storytime full of music, movement and play! Babies, toddlers and PreK welcome!    

Cuentos Infantiles en Español |Children’s Storytime in Spanish with Read, Baby Read!

Thu, June 2, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Se invita a los niños/as y a los adultos que los acompañan para que participen en un programa de cuentos, rimas y cantos en inglés y español en el parque infantil…

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.

South Philadelphia Library was designated a Zone of Peace in 2019 by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia for its work in answering the call to stop violence by “making our homes and neighborhoods zones of peace free from fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness."