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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : 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

Toddler Story time

Mon, Apr 24, 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…

PJ Story Time

Thu, Apr 27, 6:00 P.M.

Don your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and hop over to the library for some relaxing bedtime stories with Ms. Kate. This program is…

Family Playgroup

Sat, Apr 29, 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…

LEGAL ADVICE LIVE!

Wed, May 3, 12:00 P.M.

Have a legal issue? An attorney will consult with you FOR FREE. Volunteer attorneys available to answer your legal questions, at this location,…

Spring Flea Market at theThomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library sponsored by Friends of the Donatucci Library

Sat, May 6, 9:00 P.M.

Reserve your space at the Library on the following dates: Tuesday | April 4  | 6:30 to 7:30 PM Saturday | April 8  |12 Noon to 1 PM…

Toddler Story time

Mon, May 8, 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…

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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.