Torresdale Library

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

Open today until 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

  • Thu., Feb. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 19 : 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

Computer Basics: Web Searching

Fri, Jan 26, 10:30 A.M.

Learn the Basics of Operating a computer. This is a 3-part series aimed at those with little to no computer skills. You are encouraged to bring…

Pajama Party Storytime

Mon, Jan 29, 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 ages 2-5 years…

English Club

Sat, Feb 3, 2:00 P.M.

Join our new group to meet people and practice speaking english in a relaxed atmosphere.  For more informaiton call Ann at 215.685.0494.

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Feb 6, 10:30 A.M.

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

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Feb 13, 10:30 A.M.

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

English Club

Sat, Feb 24, 2:00 P.M.

Join our new group to meet people and practice speaking english in a relaxed atmosphere.  For more informaiton call Ann at 215.685.0494.

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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.