Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

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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., Feb. 8 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 8 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • 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

Teen Tuesdays Book Chat—Love to read?

Tue, Feb 6, 5:00 P.M.

The 1st Tuesday of every month, join Teen Leaders to chat about your latest reading fix, the book you’re slugging through in class, or the…

Teen Tuesdays Art Club-Is art your thing?

Tue, Feb 13, 5:00 P.M.

LEAP at the Donatucci Library is calling all notebook doodlers, secret comic book creators, illustration enthusiasts, and art fans. Every 2nd…

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…

Teen Tuesdays Book Chat—Love to read?

Tue, Mar 6, 5:00 P.M.

The 1st Tuesday of every month, join Teen Leaders to chat about your latest reading fix, the book you’re slugging through in class, or the…

Creative Composition Books

Wed, Mar 7, 4:30 P.M.

A simple marbled composition book sparked a life devoted to writing for Jacqueline Woodson. With some colorful scrapbook paper and notions like…

Teen Tuesdays Art Club-Is art your thing?

Tue, Mar 13, 5:00 P.M.

LEAP at the Donatucci Library is calling all notebook doodlers, secret comic book creators, illustration enthusiasts, and art fans. Every 2nd…

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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.