Tacony Library

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

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

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 19 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

English Classes

Wed, Feb 21, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 to register. Special…

English Classes

Mon, Feb 26, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 to register. Special…

Make a Friendship Bracelet

Wed, Feb 28, 4:30 P.M.

Popular in the U.S. in the 1970s and into the next decade, the fun of making this simple macramé craft has never gone out of style. Make…

English Classes

Wed, Feb 28, 6:00 P.M.

Free English Classes in Tacony for New Americans provided by the IndoChinese-American Council  Call 215-457-0272 ext 108 to register. Special…

Become a Magician

Wed, Mar 7, 4:30 P.M.

Join magician Jim MacElroy for this series of fun lessons on how to perform real magic tricks! For kids in grades six through eight. Class size is…

Do the Hustle!

Wed, Mar 7, 6:30 P.M.

Learn—or dust off—some 1960s and 1970s dance moves, including the Hustle, the Shimmy, the Jerk, and the Bus Stop. 

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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/

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.