Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
(20th & Shunk Sts.)
215-685-1755

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Oct. 10 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • 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)

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Upcoming Events

DIY Crafting for Kids & Teens

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00 P.M.

Join Mr. Bun for a new and creative craft every Monday during the Summer of Wonder.

Games, Games, Games for Kids

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00 P.M.

Join our teen summer leaders as they lead a variety of gaming activities.

STEM Crafts for Kids & Teens

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00 P.M.

Join our teen summer leaders as they share a new STEM craft every Thursday afternoon. Monkey String, Glowing Foam, Scratch Art and more!

Yoga for adults!

Thu, Jul 18, 6:30 P.M.

Wipe away the stress of the week and get your body and mind ready for a relaxing weekend. Decompress, unwind, and relax and start your weekend off…

Teen Games

Fri, Jul 19, 12:00 P.M.

Teens introducing new games to other teens.    

Movie Matinee for Kids

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00 P.M.

Stop by the Donatucci Library every Friday in July for a new movie and a snack.  Enjoy the cool air conditioning and surround sound experience.

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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.