Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library

1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
20th & Shunk Sts.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/18 Closed
Monday, 2/19 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 2/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
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

  • Thu., Mar. 14 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Mar. 29 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Mar. 31 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 11 : Opening at 1:00 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
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read Storytime

Wed, February 21, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join Sunita at the Donatucci Library for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and toddlers! Siblings welcome.  For questions, please call 215-685-1755. Read, Baby,…

STEAM Into Wednesdays

Wed, February 21, 2024 4:00 P.M.

Join Juana, our LEAP Afterschool Leader, to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with an array of activities including Buddha Boards, Bristlebot Kits, Gobox Pro with LED…

Sensory Storytime

Thu, February 22, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Sensory Storytime is designed for children ages 5 and under who are Autistic, Neurodivergent, or have Sensory Issues.  We will read stories, sing songs, and do other interactive…

Teen Hang-Out

Thu, February 22, 2024 4:00 P.M.

What's your new favorite song?  Do you have a "classic" tune you like to listen to on rainy days?  Come share your favorites and get to know songs other teens like at our…

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.