Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

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



1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/26 Closed
Monday, 6/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/28 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/29 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/1 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 7/2 Closed
  • * Friday had hour changes – preparation for the Independence Day holiday
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

  • Fri., Jul. 1 : Closing at 1:00 PM preparation for the Independence Day holiday
  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
View all holiday closings


  • 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

Summer Gardening at Donatucci Library!

Wed, June 29, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join us before Storytime as we cultivate our library gtarden, learn about the land we share, and enjoy the tasty fruits of our work.  All ages.

Read Baby Read Garden Storytime at Donatucci

Wed, June 29, 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…

Lawn Jawn in the Library Garden

Thu, June 30, 2022 11:30 A.M.

Celebrate summer in our garden space by playing games including Badminton, Bean Bag Toss, Ultimate Twister, and more!  All ages.

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, July 1, 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.


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.