Torresdale Library

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

We will begin our Saturday hours on 9/22/18 from 10AM - 5PM.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/16 Closed
Monday, 9/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/21 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/22 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

  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
View all holiday closings

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

Nearby Libraries

Support Torresdale Library

Donate Now

Upcoming Events

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. 

Email

Wed, Oct 3, 6:00 P.M.

Participants will learn how to send and receive emails. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited.

Email

Fri, Oct 5, 10:30 A.M.

Participants will learn how to send and receive emails. Sign-up is not required, but space is limited.

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Oct 9, 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. 

View all events

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.