Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Tuesday, September 1 – Message from Staff

The Donatucci Library is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m. There will be limited services available including: browsing, 30-minute computer use, checkout, and library account services. Please limit your total visit to 30 minutes daily. A mask must be worn at all times.

Contactless curbside holds pickup continues on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 - 12 noon by appointment.

The drop box is open for the return of library materials from Tuesday at 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.  All library materials returned will be quarantined for 7 days before being discharged.

 

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
215-685-1755
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 12 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

About

The Donatucci Branch (known as the Passyunk Branch until 2004) has been a vibrant and evolving institution since 1914. Situated at 20th and Shunk Streets, the library serves the neighborhoods of Girard Estate, Packer Park, Passyunk Homes, St. Richards, and West Passyunk.

History

On April 23, 2004, the Passyunk Branch was renamed the Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Branch in honor of the lifetime resident of South Philadelphia whose service to the community began in the 1930s and continued until his death in 1970. Mr. Donatucci held positions as the chairman and leader of the 26th Ward.

 

The Passyunk Library first opened its doors on April 14, 1914 on a tract of land received from the estate of Stephen Girard (1750-1831). Girard was a French immigrant who was estimated to be the richest man in America at the time of his death. The building was one of 25 libraries built with funds that the great philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, donated to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

 

There are several murals in the branch by Calvin Jones. The mural in the meeting room includes Ben Franklin, Stephen Girard, Andrew Carnegie, and young patrons of the library.