Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 9 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., May. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Services By Appointment



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

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read: Baby and Toddler Storytime at Donatucci

Wed, March 29, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Join Sunita for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome.  Masking & social distancing is encouraged indoors. For questions, please call…

STEAM Into Wednesdays

Wed, March 29, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Join Juana, our LEAP Afterschool Leader, to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with an array of activities including Buddha Boards, Bristlebot Kits, Gobox Pro with LED…

Sensory Storytime

Thu, March 30, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Sensory Storytime is designed for children ages 10 and under who are on the Autism Spectrum.  We will read stories, sing songs, and do other interactive exercises to promote engagement and…

Chess Club for Kids

Thu, March 30, 2023 4:00 P.M.

Join Mr. Brian and others for Chess Club Thursdays!  Kids aged 13 and under are invited to learn, practice, and play this ancient board game that has roots in India going back 1500…


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.


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.