Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
(20th & Shunk Sts.)
215-685-1755

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/28 Closed
Monday, 5/29 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 5/30 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/31 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/1 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/3 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • 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.
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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

Art Club for Teens

Wed, May 31, 4:30 P.M.

Drop in and draw! Do roundtable portraits, learn new techniques and storyboard with friends.

Gaming Saturdays!

Sat, Jun 3, 1:30 P.M.

Wii, Playstation, Dance-Dance-Revolution, Chess Days, Card Games, Checkers, Mancala, iStop-Motion, Garage Band, Movie screenings, and more!…

Read-Aloud: Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman and Be Who You Are by Todd Parr & Rainbow Mobile Craft followed by make your own rainbow…..water ice.

Tue, Jun 6, 4:30 P.M.

 Children ages 6 thru 12 are invited to this story time and craft event celebrating diversity and  the symbolism represented in the many…

Teen Sexual Health Series

Tue, Jun 6, 4:30 P.M.

Join us for a teen sexual health series with Philadelphia FIGHT's Y-HEP program: HIV/AIDS 101 | Thursday, April 6th | 4:30pm STI Information…

Wooden Block Party!

Sat, Jun 10, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for a Wooden Block Party in the library. Children ages 6 and under and their caregivers are encouraged to build, create, and play! For…

Youth Chess Club

Sat, Jun 10, 1:30 P.M.

Do you enjoy chess? Want to learn? Youth Chess Club.

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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.