Torresdale Library

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

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/16 Closed
Monday, 10/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 17: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 15: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Haunted Library!

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

Are you brave enough for the CarnEVIL? ! Start Halloween off with a "night of terror" in our Haunted Library!  Are you brave enough…

Preschool Storytime!

Tue, Nov 1, 10:30 A.M.

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

Capture Your Dreams

Wed, Nov 2, 6:00 P.M.

Let us inspire you with the lives of Muhammed Ali, President Obama, Rosa Parks and others, through the lens of photographer Webster Riddick.…

Presidential Pets

Sat, Nov 5, 2:00 P.M.

President Jimmy Carter had a Siamese cat named Misty Milarky Ying Yang, and John F. Kennedy had a horse named Sardar! Join us as we discover more…

Preschool Storytime!

Tue, Nov 8, 10:30 A.M.

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

Pajama Party Storytime

Wed, Nov 16, 6:30 P.M.

Join Miss Ann for a storytime program - great for children ages 2 to 5 years old.  Children (and their accompanying adults) are…

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


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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 19, 20, 88
Subway/Surface: Market/Frankford El to Bridge Terminal, then transfer to 19, 20, or 88 bus