Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Wednesday, April 13 – Message from Staff

 

The Donatucci Library is open:

 

Monday thru Thursday:          10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday:                                       10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Services available include: library card registration, browsing, checking out library materials, reference services,  computer use, Wi-fi connectivity, copying and scanning to your own flash drive and library account services.

 

The book drop box is open for the return of library materials 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

 

Check out the Donatucci Library's Facebook page for updates on programming and services at https://www.facebook.com/Donatuccibranch/

 

 

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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

  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Thu., Oct. 13 : 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)
  • Scanner
  • Book drop box
  • Water fountain

Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, August 19, 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://fb.me/e/1NAlaFwbQ

Skull Days of Summer Party: Comparative Skull Drawing presented by the Mutter Museum

Fri, August 19, 2022 3:00 P.M.

In this lesson students will create a drawing from images of real human skulls in our famous Hyrtl Skull Collection. Close observation will show students how skulls are shaped…

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Wed, August 24, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join Sunita in the Donatucci Library Garden for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome. Bring your own blanket or seat. Masking & social…

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Wed, August 24, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Join Sunita in the Donatucci Library Garden for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome. Bring your own blanket or seat. Masking & social…

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.