Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, January 3 – Message from Staff

The drop box is unavailable.  Please return materials to another location.  

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Closed Today
Sunday, 1/16 Closed
Monday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 1/22 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Friday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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

  • Thu., Feb. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Apr. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • 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)
  • Book drop box
  • Scanner

Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, January 28, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, February 4, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

PA State Representative Regina Young provides mobile constituent services

Tue, February 8, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Do you have a question? PA State Representative Regina Young provides mobile constituent services at the Donatucci Library every second Tuesday of the month from 1p.m. to…

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, February 11, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us on Facebook Live for Storytime every Friday where we will explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2908163316112449/

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.