Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Monday, March 1 – Message from Staff

The Donatucci Library is open for in-building services Tuesdays and Thursdays -  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Services available include: library card registration, browsing, checking out library materials, reference services, 30-minute computer use, copying and scanning to your own flash drive and library account services.

Contactless curbside holds pickup continues on Mondays & Wednesdays -  10 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm  and Tuesdays & Thursdays - 10 am - 12 noon by appointment.  Please call 215-685-1755 to make an appointment to pick up available library materials on hold for you if you prefer not to enter the library.

The drop box is open for the return of library materials from Monday at 9 am until Thursday at 4:30 pm including overnights.

Virtual storytimes for children every Friday at 3 pm at Facebook.com/donatuccibranch and live storytimes for children in the Donatucci Library Garden every Tuesday at 10 am.

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/13 Closed
Monday, 6/14 Closed
Tuesday, 6/15 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/16 Closed
Thursday, 6/17 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/18 Closed
– 1:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 6/19 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for Labor Day
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
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Facilities

  • 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)
  • Book drop box
  • Scanner

Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, June 18, 2021 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.   …

[Outdoors] Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library!

Tue, June 22, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Join Miss Sunita for In-person Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday at 10am! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages 0-5.…

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, June 25, 2021 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.   …

[Outdoors] Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library!

Tue, June 29, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Join Miss Sunita for In-person Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday at 10am! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages 0-5.…

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.