Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/15 Closed
Monday, 1/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Feb. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 9: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 13: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
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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

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Fri, Jan 20, 10:00 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Mon, Jan 23, 1:00 P.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Crochet & Knitting Circle

Tue, Jan 24, 6:30 P.M.

Bring your latest project  and relax at the Library for a low-key evening of crafting every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. All fiber…

PJ Story Time

Thu, Jan 26, 6:00 P.M.

Don your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and hop over to the library for some relaxing bedtime stories with Ms. Kate. This program is…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Fri, Jan 27, 10:00 A.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Toddler Story time

Mon, Jan 30, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and dancing! This program is intended for children ages 2-4 accompanied by a caregiver. For preschools and daycares…

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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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 2, 7, 17, G