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 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., Nov. 10: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 8: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas 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

Toddler Story time

Mon, Oct 24, 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…

Computer tutorials for adults and seniors

Mon, Oct 24, 12:00 P.M.

Are you new to the world of computers? Are you looking to learn computer basics? Do you want to begin to explore the Internet? Computer tutorials…

Tabletop Tuesdays!

Tue, Oct 25, 4:30 P.M.

Tabletop Tuesdays! Crafts and games.

Crochet & Knitting Circle

Tue, Oct 25, 6:30 P.M.

Bring your latest project  and relax at the Library for a low-key evening of crafting every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. All fiber…

Howl at the Moon Day!

Thu, Oct 27, 4:30 P.M.

Make wold crafts and practice your howl.

Spooky Story Time & Trick-or-Treating

Sat, Oct 29, 10:30 A.M.

Bring your little ghouls and ghosts for spooky stories, songs, and trick-or-treating with Ms. Kate! This program is intended for children ages…

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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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