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

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 14 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Storytime in the Garden

Mon, Jun 26, 10:00 A.M.

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

Knitting for teens and tweens

Tue, Jun 27, 2:00 P.M.

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit or are you looking for a knitting circle? Come to our knitting group! Ms Kate can teach you how to…

The Sonny Troy Trio

Tue, Jun 27, 5:30 P.M.

Join us for an evening of jazz in the Library Garden featuring renowned jazz guitarist and South Philadelphia native Sonny Troy. This event is…

Chess & Board Game Club

Wed, Jun 28, 2:00 P.M.

Learn to play chess! Beef up your current game! Other board games will be provided. This program is intended for children ages 7-17.

Teen Scene

Wed, Jun 28, 4:00 P.M.

Calling all teens!  Join us for Teen Scene for teens in grades 6 thru 12. Poetry slams, gaming, maker space, movies, and more.

Summer of Wonder Crafts

Thu, Jun 29, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a new craft project every week! This program is intended for children ages 3-10.

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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.