Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 2/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 Closed
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
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

  • Mon., Feb. 19 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 12 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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 | Games Galore

Tue, Feb 20, 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, Feb 20, 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, Feb 21, 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, Feb 22, 4:30 P.M.

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

Yoga for adults!

Thu, Feb 22, 6:30 P.M.

Wipe away the stress of the week and get your body and mind ready for a relaxing weekend. Decompress, unwind, and relax and start your weekend off…

LEAP | Get Moving Mondays

Mon, Feb 26, 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…

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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.