Tacony Library

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

You're invited to the GRAND REOPENING CELEBRATION of Tacony Library--and Winterfest! Please join us on Saturday, December 2 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event is rain or shine.

Special guests will give remarks at 12:00 p.m. There will be face-painting, holiday celebrations, fun learning activities, food, music, giveaways, and more. It's a FREE party for the whole family!

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/19 Closed
Monday, 11/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 11/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – preparation for the Thanksgiving Day holiday
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Thanksgiving 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

  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Fri., Dec. 29 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year Day holiday
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Upcoming Events

Email Basics

Mon, Dec 4, 1:30 P.M.

Learn how to set up an email account, send, and recieve emails. Classes are limited to 12. No registration required, please arrive 10 minutes…

GCF Online Learning

Tue, Dec 5, 11:00 A.M.

The Library offers access to hundreds of free online courses. Learn about these resources and get help registering for classes.   Lab classes…

Internet Research

Fri, Dec 8, 11:00 A.M.

Learn to use a web browser, The Free Library's website, and search the world wide web.   Classes are limited to 12. No registration…

GCF Online Learning

Mon, Dec 11, 1:30 P.M.

The Library offers access to hundreds of free online courses. Learn about these resources and get help registering for classes.   Lab classes…

Resume and Job Help

Tue, Dec 12, 1:30 P.M.

Create a resume. Get help with online job searching and applications.   Classes are limited to 12. No registration required, please arrive 10…

Christmas Tea Party Storytime At Puddin’s Cake Corner

Wed, Dec 13, 11:00 A.M.

Enjoy a sweet and special morning of treasured holiday tales with festive cookies and juice. For children ages 3 and up with an adult caregiver…

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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

Visit the Tacony Lab, just up the street!  For info  https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/tacony-lab/


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.