Tacony Library

6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-2416
(Torresdale Ave. & Knorr St.)

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Upcoming Events

CareerLink: One on One Job Search

Wed, Sep 18, 1:00 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs, create a resume', and apply. 1-3 PM

Medicare Info Session

Wed, Sep 18, 2:00 P.M.

Medicare Info Session Get expert advice about selecting the Medicare coverage that’s right for you. Wednesday, September 18 at 2:00pm

LGBTQ Teen Cafe

Sat, Sep 21, 1:30 P.M.

LGBTQ Teen Café! Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 1:30-4:00 Air hockey!  Crafts!  Gaming!  Jigsaw…

English Classes

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

Learn how to speak English! Rolling admission/Walk-ins welcome! Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8PM. Taught by IndoChinese American Council.…

Preschool Storytimes

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

 Join us for stories, crafts, and play!  Children ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregiver.    

English Classes

Wed, Sep 25, 6:00 P.M.

Learn how to speak English! Rolling admission/Walk-ins welcome! Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8PM. Taught by IndoChinese American Council.…

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We are part of the transformational Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative. To find out more about this project - http://www.21stcenturylibraries.org/about-the-project


Swedish records of 1677 show 51 residents of "Taokanink," an Indian word for "woods" or "small creek." Since the area was along the Delaware river, it became a sparsely settled vacation community. This changed in 1872, when industrialist Henry Disston moved his sawmill from downtown Philadelphia to Tacony, transforming the area into a thriving industrial area. Disston provided housing for his employees and funded many community projects including the Tacony Music Hall on Longshore Avenue - a building that stands today.

The Tacony Library traces its roots back to the Keystone Scientific and Literary Association, founded in 1876 by M. Louise Thomas who envisioned "a library where the people could go and get books suited to all tastes . . . and a room . . . where they could sit with the books ranged round the walls." The Association met in a small frame schoolhouse, and later in the office of the New Era, a local paper. In addition to a small book collection, the Association also offered events such as spelling bees, and provided a forum for important speakers of the day, Susan B. Anthony and P.T. Barnum among them. In 1885, the Keystone Scientific and Literary Association changed its name to the Disston Library and Free Reading Room, and moved to the Music Hall.

In 1906, the Disston family bequeathed a plot of land at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street for the construction of a public library. With $43,380 from the Carnegie Foundation, the Tacony Branch opened on the evening of November 27, 1906. The new library reached a circulation of 70,000 in its initial year of operation.

Since its opening, the Tacony Branch has undergone extensive renovation. In 1927, the rear lecture room was remodeled and became the children's reading room. Additional renovations were undertaken in 1939 and 1959. The library was renovated again in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every branch. The Tacony branch celebrated its centenary in 2006.