Torresdale Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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., Dec. 15: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Pajama Party Storytime

Wed, Dec 14, 6:30 P.M.

Join Miss Ann for a storytime program - great for children ages 2 to 5 years old.  Children (and their accompanying adults) are…

LEGO Club

Sat, Dec 17, 3:00 P.M.

Calling all LEGO builders!  Love to build?  Can't keep your hands out of a tub of LEGOs?  We'll provide the bricks - you provide…

Sensory Storytime at the Library

Mon, Dec 19, 6:30 P.M.

Sensory storytimes are geared for young people who have a hard time in groups, or are sensitive to sensory overload.  Attendees may be on the…

Preschool Storytime!

Tue, Dec 20, 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, Dec 27, 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, Jan 17, 10:30 P.M.

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

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 19, 20, 88
Subway/Surface: Market/Frankford El to Bridge Terminal, then transfer to 19, 20, or 88 bus