South Philadelphia Library

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

English Language Circle:  Join us for a free weekly conversation hour - Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  Build your confidence in speaking English while meeting other international adults, in a casual learning environment.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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

Mon, Oct 23, 12:00 P.M.

Use a computer for up to 2 hours. Assistance from library staff is available.  

Philadelphia Orchestra Audience Appreciation Concert

Mon, Oct 23, 3:45 P.M.

One Monday each fall, The Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians (POM) organize a Day of Music throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  This…

Introduction to MS Word

Mon, Oct 23, 6:00 P.M.

Learn to use the program Microsoft Word to type & format documents.  

Building Block Party

Tue, Oct 24, 10:30 A.M.

Come explore and socialize at this play circle and block building time. Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build,…

Open Computer Lab

Wed, Oct 25, 12:00 P.M.

Use a computer for up to 2 hours. Assistance from library staff is available.  

Gaming!

Wed, Oct 25, 4:00 P.M.

Come play video games on the big screen! Get on your feet with Wii games. For teens and school-aged children.

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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.