South Philadelphia Library

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

Open today 1:00 p.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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 13 : 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

Intermediate English Classes | Clases de inglés gratis

Sun, Nov 17, 1:00 P.M.

Our weekly class for English learners at the Intermediate level has started back up! Intermediate classes are every Sunday from 1pm-2:30pm.…

Michele Belluomini & Al Tacconelli

Sun, Nov 17, 2:45 P.M.

Join us for an afternoon of poetry from local authors Michele Belluomini and Al Tacconelli. Michele will be sharing her work inspired by dreams,…

Beginner English Classes | Clases de inglés gratis

Mon, Nov 18, 12:30 P.M.

Our weekly class for English learners at the Beginner level has started back up! Beginner classes are every Monday from 12:30pm-2:00pm.…

Friends of the South Philadelphia Library Members Meeting

Mon, Nov 18, 5:30 P.M.

The Friends of the South Philadelphia Library hosts our monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month to discuss ways to grow membership, how…

CareerLink Job Services and Workshops

Tue, Nov 19, 10:00 A.M.

CareerLink will we be hosting workshops to support you through the job seeking process;  workshops will consist of Welcome to PA CareerLink,…

Baby Storytime

Tue, Nov 19, 10:15 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…

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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.