Torresdale Library

3079 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-1101
(Holme Ave. & Willits Rd.)
215-685-0494


The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday. Fall hours begin September 22.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Photo of Torresdale Library

Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Electrical outlets available

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Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Eagles PreK Storytime and Pep Rally

Thu, Sep 6, 11:00 A.M.

Join us as we celebrate the return of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, who will open their season that evening against the Atlanta…

Mouse and Keyboard

Thu, Sep 13, 10:30 A.M.

Students will learn basic computer skills and increase their confidence using a mouse and keyboard. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited

Internet Searching

Wed, Sep 19, 6:00 P.M.

Students will be introduced to the internet and learn how to safely and effectively search the web. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited

Google Search

Wed, Sep 26, 6:00 P.M.

Students will learn how to conduct Google searches and learn basic attributes of search engines. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited.

Google Search

Thu, Sep 27, 10:30 A.M.

Students will learn how to conduct Google searches and learn basic attributes of search engines. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited.

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Oct 2, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs and puppets, followed by creative playtime!  For children ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying adult. 

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About

In addition to Torresdale, the library serves the communities of Academy Gardens, Ashton-Woodbridge, Holme Circle, Pennypack, Pennypack Woods, and Upper Holmesburg.

History

The first settlers in the Torresdale area were the Swedes and then the English, who were possibly led by Thomas Holme, the Surveyor-General who helped William Penn lay out much of the original city of Philadelphia. In 1682, Holme received a grant of 1,646 acres from Penn. He is buried near the library, in Crispin Cemetery.

The area was originally part of Lower Dublin Township, and the earliest record of it is 1693. It was known as Delaware Township from 1852-1854, and then it became part of the city of Philadelphia. The area began to develop around 1850, when Charles Macalester bought a large tract of land and named it "Torrisdale," after his family's estate in Scotland.

The Torresdale Branch of the Free Library opened in February 1972. It features wooden cathedral ceilings. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign.

A highlight of the building is the Mother Goose mural in the preschool area. It has Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and a real clock with a painted mouse.