Torresdale Library

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

Open today until 5:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Photo of Torresdale Library


  • 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

Summer Reading Kickoff with Safari Party

Wed, Jun 5, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for a "Safari Party"! Animal friends who will be joining us include an alligator, hedgehog, Flemish rabbit, chinchilla, and much…

Adult Summer Reading Kickoff-Tea Party!

Fri, Jun 7, 3:00 P.M.

Tea Party!   Enjoy an afternoon of tea, coffee and light snacks as we discuss our plans for Adult Summer Reading 2019!  Sponsored…

Preschool Dance Party

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a "Preschool Dance Party"! Stories and songs presented by musician Jessica Carroll. For children ages 2-5 with an…

ShopRite Presents Healthy Eating: Eat Your Water

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00 P.M.

McMenamin ShopRite's Dietician Nikita will be here to show us how to "hydrate through food"! Program lasts approximately 90 minutes,…

Chair Yoga

Thu, Jun 13, 11:00 A.M.

Center your body and mind and improve balance in this FREE yoga class led by a certified instructor. All levels and abilities are welcome.  …

Adult Summer Reading: Murder Mystery

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00 A.M.

It’s Murder at the Library!!  Join us as Mr. Malcolm takes us through a morning of murder and mystery.  Enjoy snacks during…

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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.