Tacony Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-2416
Torresdale Ave. & Knorr St.
Open today 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms

Upcoming Events

The EmPOWERment Program

Mon, August 9, 2021 12:00 P.M.

Join us on Mondays from 12 noon to 1:30 pm for an 8 Week Curriculum for Teens! Presented by Turning Points for Children .  Lunch provided! Chat and Chew about various topics. Includes yoga…

COVID Vaccine Clinic

Tue, August 10, 2021 10:00 A.M.

COVID Vaccine Clinic Administered by Philadelphia Dept of Public Health Offering Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and J&J (1 dose for ages 18+) Tuesdays from July 20-August 24, 2021 10:00-4:00 No…

COVID Vaccine Clinic

Tue, August 17, 2021 10:00 A.M.

COVID Vaccine Clinic Administered by Philadelphia Dept of Public Health Offering Pfizer (2 doses for ages 12+) and J&J (1 dose for ages 18+) Tuesdays from July 20-August 24, 2021 10:00-4:00 No…

Storytime in the Garden

Tue, August 17, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Preschool Storytime Join Ms. Suzin for stories and activities for ages 3-5 with an adult caregiver in the library garden. Please call Tacony Library at 215-685-8755 to register. City of…

About


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

History

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.