Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 12:00 p.m. –
Sunday, 9/12 Closed
Monday, 9/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/18 Closed
12:00 p.m. – *
  • * Saturday has hour changes – Staff development
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

  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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

[Outdoors] Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library!

Tue, September 21, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Join Miss Sunita for In-person Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday at 11 am! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages…

[Outdoors] Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library!

Tue, September 28, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Join Miss Sunita for In-person Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday at 11 am! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages…

Make Your Own WPA Poster with Posters for The People

Thu, October 14, 2021 4:00 P.M.

Drop in between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for a free hands-on screen printing workshop. All ages welcome and no experience required. A teaching artist from  Posters for the People…

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.