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.

June 26 at 3PM-Local Author Storytime with Shawn Fulton! Ages 3 and up.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 6/17 Closed
Monday, 6/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 6/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/23 Closed
  • * Thursday has 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jun. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor 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

PreSchool Dance Party!

Tue, Jun 19, 11:00 A.M.

Stories and songs presented by musician Jessica Carroll.   For children ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying adult.  Sponsored by the…

LEGO Club

Wed, Jun 20, 3:00 P.M.

Calling all LEGO Builders!  Love to build?  Can’t keep your hands out of a tub of LEGOs?  We’ll provide the bricks, you…

Read to a Therapy Dog!

Thu, Jun 21, 2:00 P.M.

Yorkshire Terrier Penny and her mommy Phyllis Marks return to Torresdale Library to visit the children and have stories read to them.  …

Discover the Middle East

Fri, Jun 22, 2:00 P.M.

Discover Different Cultures, presented by “The Geography Lady” Alycia Kohler!  The program will include music,…

Pajama Party Storytime

Mon, Jun 25, 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 children…

Local Author Storytime with Shawn Fulton

Tue, Jun 26, 3:00 P.M.

Local author Shawn Fulton will read her book and then talk about how this labor of love came about. Limited copies available for purchase or go to…

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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.