Tacony Library

6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-2416
(Torresdale Ave. & Knorr St.)
215-685-8755

We will begin our Saturday hours on 9/22/18 from 10AM - 5PM.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/17 Closed
Monday, 2/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

Open Computer Lab

Wed, Feb 20, 12:00 P.M.

Use a computer for up to 3 hours. Assistance from library staff is available.  

CareerLink Resume Workshop

Wed, Feb 20, 2:30 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! CareerLink will present a workshop on resume writing, online applications and free…

Laptops for Tax Time

Thu, Feb 21, 11:00 A.M.

Laptops for Tax Time Need computer access and a space to spread out and file your taxes?  We’ve got that! Reserve one of private study…

Monthly Music Workshops for Our Youngest Friends

Thu, Feb 21, 11:00 A.M.

Monthly Music Workshops for our Youngest Friends Join us once a month for these hands-on interactive music workshops for children ages 7 and…

Laptops for Tax Time

Fri, Feb 22, 11:00 A.M.

Laptops for Tax Time Need computer access and a space to spread out and file your taxes?  We’ve got that! Reserve one of private study…

Literacy Lab

Sat, Feb 23, 12:00 P.M.

Literacy Lab is a small group literacy instruction program for students in 1st to 3rd grade who struggle to read on grade level. Independence…

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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.