Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, March 1 – Message from Staff

Beginning Monday, March 1st,

The Donatucci Library is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays -  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There will be limited services available including: browsing, checking out library materials, reference services, 30-minute computer use, copying and scanning to your own flash drive and library account services.

Please limit your total visit to 30 minutes daily. A mask must be worn at all times.

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.

All library materials returned will be quarantined for 7 days before being discharged.  Please wait at least 7 days before reviewing your library account to see if library materials returned have been discharged.  We are a fine-free library system, so this quarantine period will not affect your library account. 

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
By Appointment Today
Sunday Closed
Monday By Appointment
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday By Appointment
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday By Appointment
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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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, April 23, 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.   …

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, April 30, 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.   …

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, May 7, 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.   …

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

Fri, May 14, 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.   …

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.