Torresdale Library

Tuesday, January 2 – Message from Staff


SATURDAY HOURS RETURN TO TORRESDALE LIBRARY ON JANUARY 6, 2024.  PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY BEFORE COMING OVER, ESPECIALLY ON SATURDAYS, AS STAFFING AND BUILDING ISSUES MAY CAUSE DELAYED OPENINGS.

Monday        11 am - 7 pm

Tuesday       11 am - 7 pm

Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm

Thursday     10 am - 5 pm

Friday           10 am - 5 pm

Saturday      10am - 5pm

 

3079 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-1101
Holme Ave. & Willits Rd.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 4/14 Closed
Monday, 4/15 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/16 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/18 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Friday, 4/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., May. 16 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
View all holiday closings

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Torresdale Library's 50 + 2 Birthday Celebration

Sat, April 20, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a fun day full of events for the family!  10:30am Preschool Story Time 10:30-12:30 Facepainting  12:00pm Center for Aquatic Sciences featuring live animals 1:30 Citation…

Wonderful Wednesday Storytime

Wed, April 24, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays and a take home craft bag. For pre-school children ages 1-5 with accompanying adult. What will this week's theme be? Come and see!

Wonderful Wednesday Storytime

Wed, May 8, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays and a take home craft bag. For pre-school children ages 1-5 with accompanying adult. What will this week's theme be? Come and see!

Wonderful Wednesday Storytime

Wed, May 22, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join us for stories, songs, finger plays and a take home craft bag. For pre-school children ages 1-5 with accompanying adult. What will this week's theme be? Come and see!

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.