Torresdale Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/12 Closed
Monday, 1/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/18 11:00 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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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

Census 2020 - Job Fair

Wed, Jan 22, 4:00 P.M.

The Census Bureau is hiring! Stop by to talk with a Census Bureau representative about the great job opportunities available, ask questions, and…

Toddler Story Time

Thu, Jan 23, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, coloring and interactive play.   For children ages  1 to 3 years old with an accompanying…

Toddler Story Time

Thu, Jan 30, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, coloring and interactive play.   For children ages  1 to 3 years old with an accompanying…

Toddler Story Time

Thu, Feb 6, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, coloring and interactive play.   For children ages  1 to 3 years old with an accompanying…

Pajama Party Storytime

Mon, Feb 10, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for stories, songs and a bedtime snack.  Wear your pajamas to the library and bring your favorite stuffed toy!   For…

Toddler Story Time

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

Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, coloring and interactive play.   For children ages  1 to 3 years old with an accompanying…

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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.