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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 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

Summer of Wonder at the Library

Thu, Jul 27, 2:30 P.M.

Work with Wonder Kits, which contain puzzles, games, and more! Children ages 5 to 10 can explore the exciting world of mysteries, learn about our…

“The Magical World of Reading”

Wed, Aug 2, 6:30 P.M.

Presented by Kyle and Kelly Peron, this exciting and interactive magic show engages and empowers children through the use of magical storytelling…

“Journey to Patagonia”

Thu, Aug 3, 11:00 A.M.

Explore the geography, topography, flora, and fauna past and present from the bottom of the world with presenter Alycia Kohler. Use your…

Sensory Storytime

Wed, Aug 23, 6:30 P.M.

Enjoy preschool-level books, songs, and movement at a storytime geared for young people who have a hard time in groups or are sensitive to sensory…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Sep 5, 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. 

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Sep 12, 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. 

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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.