Torresdale Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/28 Closed
Monday, 5/29 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 5/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/31 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/1 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/3 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
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. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • Thu., Jun. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Movie Night: In and Out

Wed, Jun 7, 6:00 P.M.

In and Out: A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards. Starring Kevin…

Preschool Dance Party!

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

Join us for songs, stories, and dancing presented by musician Jessica Carroll. For children ages 2–5, with an accompanying adult. Seating is…

E-book Helpdesk

Wed, Jun 14, 12:00 P.M.

Bring in your eReader and discover how easy it is to download and start enjoying library E-books today! Help is provided on a first come, first…

Microsoft Word 101

Fri, Jun 16, 10:30 P.M.

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. No signup required, but space may be limited. Help is provided on a first come, first served basis. Class runs…

Summer Afternoon Tea Party

Sat, Jun 17, 2:00 P.M.

Start your summer by stopping by the library and enjoying iced tea and light refreshments as we introduce you to our Summer Reading Program for…

E-book Helpdesk

Wed, Jun 21, 12:00 P.M.

Bring in your eReader and discover how easy it is to download and start enjoying library E-books today! Help is provided on a first come, first…

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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.