Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
(20th & Shunk Sts.)
215-685-1755

Closed Today

Sunday, 12/17 Closed
Monday, 12/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 12/23 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Dec. 22 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Fri., Dec. 29 : Open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year Day holiday
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Facilities

  • 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

LEAP | Get Moving Mondays

Mon, Dec 18, 4:30 P.M.

Start your week with Mario Kart, Wii Play, Wii Sports, yoga, and more! This program is part of LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program) that…

LEAP | Games Galore

Tue, Dec 19, 4:30 P.M.

Develop a new habit with our vast and rotating collection of tabletop games. Bring a friend or make some new ones! This program is part of LEAP…

LEAP | Games Galore

Tue, Dec 19, 4:30 P.M.

Develop a new habit with our vast and rotating collection of tabletop games. Bring a friend or make some new ones! This program is part of LEAP…

Teen Tuesdays Real Talk—Is there something on your mind?

Tue, Dec 19, 5:00 P.M.

Join the Teen Leaders every 3rd Tuesday to talk about real issues that matter to you. From relationships to the environment, school anxieties to…

LEAP | DIY

Wed, Dec 20, 4:30 P.M.

Get your hands dirty with Maker projects, building challenges, snack-making, robots, and more! Materials provided. This program is part of LEAP…

LEAP | Your Wide World

Thu, Dec 21, 4:30 P.M.

Science experiments, cultural celebrations, geography games, little known history, and other surprises that are part of your big, wide, world.…

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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.