Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

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., Apr. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
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  • 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

PJ Story Time

Thu, Mar 30, 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…

Wooden Block Party!

Sat, Apr 1, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for a Wooden Block Party in the library. Children ages 6 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create, and play! For…

City Skies Star & Planet Viewing Party

Tue, Apr 4, 6:00 P.M.

Have you ever looked up into the city sky at night? You may be surprised there are lots objects to see! Join us for the second in a three-part…

Teen Sexual Health Series

Thu, Apr 6, 4:30 P.M.

Join us for a teen sexual health series with Philadelphia FIGHT’s Y-HEP program: HIV/AIDS 101 | Thursday, April 6th | 4:30pm STI Information…

Spring Book Sale at the Donatucci Library with a special guest!

Sat, Apr 8, 10:00 A.M.

Used Book Sale from 10 AM to 3 PM Donations of books accepted from 9 AM to 11 AM Rain date: Saturday,  April 22th Join the Friends of the…

Toddler Story time

Mon, Apr 10, 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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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.

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