Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/11 Closed
Monday, 11/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/16 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/17 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day (Observed)
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

  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 13 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 10 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Feb. 14 : 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

Literacy Thursdays

Thu, Nov 15, 4:30 P.M.

Join Ms. Emily for story-telling, letter-writing, poem-crunching, and crafty fun with words.  For additional information, please contact the…

Yoga for adults!

Thu, Nov 15, 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…

Game Time Mondays

Mon, Nov 19, 4:30 P.M.

Enjoy our large and rotating collection of tabletop games with our friendly LEAP staff. For additional information, please contact the…

Monday Teen Writers | National Novel Writing Month

Mon, Nov 19, 4:30 P.M.

Join teens all around the world in tackling the fun, frightening, and totally unforgettable challenge of bashing out an entire book in one month.…

STEAM Tuesdays

Tue, Nov 20, 4:30 P.M.

Try your hand at simple circuits, engineering challenges, video games, and slime recipes, oh my!  For additional information, please contact…

Wide World Wednesday| Halloween Fun and Costume Parade!

Wed, Nov 21, 4:30 P.M.

Cultural explorations, holiday celebrations, geographical know-how, food, music, and more.   For additional information, please contact…

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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.