Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 West Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/9 Closed
Monday, 6/10 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/11 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/13 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Friday, 6/14 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Change machine
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Free Walking Tour of Historic Girard Estate

Sat, June 15, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a free walking tour highlighting the history and architecture of one of South Philadelphia's most unique neighborhoods. Bea Segal, volunteer guide from the Preservation Alliance,…

Homeschooler Hangout at Donatucci Library

Mon, June 17, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join us for our weekly Homeschooler Hangout.  Sample activities include coloring, read-a-longs, blocks, and more!    

Kids Construction Club

Tue, June 18, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Build your dreams, one block at a time.  Explore different types of toddler-friendly construction toys including MagnaTiles, LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, KEVA planks, Straws & Connectors,…

Mobile Constituent Services with State Rep Regina Young

Tue, June 18, 2024 12:00 P.M.

The Office of PA State Representative Regina Young provides constituent services at the Donatucci Library every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Representatives provide assistance with SEPTA…


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.