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., Oct. 10 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 14 : Open 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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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

Girard Estate Walking Tour

Tue, Sep 17, 6:00 P.M.

Join Bea Segal, a volunteer tour guide for the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia, for this architectual and historical tour of the Girard…

Yoga for adults!

Thu, Sep 19, 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…

Woodwind Trio Concert presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians

Mon, Sep 23, 4:30 P.M.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians present a Woodwind Trio concert at the Donatucci Library as part of their 5th annual audience appreciation…

Thank You! An evening of thanks and appreciation hosted by the Friends of the Donatucci Library

Thu, Sep 26, 6:00 P.M.

The Friends of the Donatucci Library are celebrating the return of Saturday hours, a new children's librarian and increased library funding.…

Yoga for adults!

Thu, Sep 26, 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…

South Philadelphia Book Fiesta!

Sat, Oct 19, 11:00 A.M.

Explore the cultural and linguistic diversity of South Philadelphia as you travel between libraries and other locations for a day of fun family…

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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.