Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/4 Closed
Monday, 12/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/6 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/7 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/8 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/9 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Fri., Dec. 30: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year's Day holiday
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  • 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

Family Playgroup

Sat, Dec 10, 10:30 A.M.

Bring your little ones for games and play while you relax with a warm beverage and chat with other caregivers. Please contact the children’s…

Santa Claus is coming to town…and to the Donatucci Library!

Sat, Dec 10, 2:00 P.M.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Donatucci Library Holiday Story Time at 2 PM and then…… Santa visits the Donatucci Library. …

Toddler Story time

Mon, Dec 12, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and dancing! This program is intended for children ages 2-4 accompanied by a caregiver. For preschools and daycares…

Affordable Care Act: Open Enrollment Period 2016-17

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00 P.M.

Having trouble getting healthcare? The Free Library is here to help! You might qualify for new options, and now is the time to sign up! Open…

Tabletop Tuesdays!

Tue, Dec 13, 4:30 P.M.

Tabletop Tuesdays! Crafts and games.

Crochet & Knitting Circle

Tue, Dec 13, 6:30 P.M.

Bring your latest project  and relax at the Library for a low-key evening of crafting every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. All fiber…

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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.


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.

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Bus Routes: 2, 7, 17, G