Torresdale Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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

  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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

Fairy Tale Fright in the Haunted Library!

Wed, Oct 25, 6:00 P.M.

Adults, remember the spooky haunted houses you went to as kids? Are you brave enough to enter our haunted forest and experience “Fairy Tale…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Nov 7, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and puppets, followed by creative playtime!  For children ages 2 to 5 years old, with an accompanying adult. 

Read to a Therapy Dog

Wed, Nov 8, 4:30 P.M.

Read to therapy dog Rocky!   Rocky is a chocolate Labrador retriever who, along with his handler Connie Mumper, visits children at St.…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Nov 14, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, and puppets, followed by creative playtime!  For children ages 2 to 5 years old, with an accompanying adult. 

Sensory Storytimes

Mon, Nov 20, 6:30 P.M.

Sensory story times are geared for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive…

Thanksgiving Storytime

Wed, Nov 22, 10:30 A.M.

Special Thanksgiving storytime for preschoolers!  Join us as we read Thanksgiving stories, create a special craft and enjoy holiday…

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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.