Torresdale Library

Torresdale Library is temporarily closed.

Friday, November 20 – Message from Staff


The health and safety of our staff and patrons is our utmost priority.   In the interest of limiting the impact and spread of COVID-19, all Free Library locations will be closed from Friday, November 20 through Friday, November 27.  Drop boxes will be locked during this time.  While our buildings will remain closed, some libraries will resume offering contactless materials pickup and returns on Monday, November 30, subject to Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance. In the meantime, programs are proceeding virtually and our award-winning digital resources are available 24/7.


Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

3079 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-1101
Holme Ave. & Willits Rd.
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In addition to Torresdale, the library serves the communities of Academy Gardens, Ashton-Woodbridge, Holme Circle, Pennypack, Pennypack Woods, and Upper Holmesburg.


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.