Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 9 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Kids Construction Club

Tue, April 16, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Build your dreams, one block at a time.  Explore different types of toddler-friendly construction toys including MagnaTiles, LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, KEVA planks, Straws & Connectors,…

Mobile Constituent Services with State Rep Regina Young

Tue, April 16, 2024 12:00 P.M.

The Office of PA State Representative Regina Young provides constituent services at the Donatucci Library every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Representatives provide assistance with SEPTA…

Crafternoon

Tue, April 16, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Join Juana, our LEAP Afterschool Leader, to make crafts of all kinds, including origami, button-making, painting and coloring, and much more!  For school-age children.  

Read Baby Read Storytime

Wed, April 17, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join Sunita at the Donatucci Library for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome.  For questions, please call 215-685-1755. Read, Baby,…

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.