Torresdale Library

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

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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. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 17 : 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

Manga Workshop

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00 P.M.

Interested in manga and comics? Learn how to draw some iconic characters from well-known manga. We’ll walk you through step by step and…

LEGO Club

Wed, Jul 24, 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…

Chair Yoga

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00 A.M.

Center your body and mind and improve balance in this FREE yoga class led by a certified instructor. All levels and abilities are welcome.  …

CareerLink-Job Search Help

Thu, Jul 25, 1:00 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one?  One-on-one help with your resume, job search or interview. Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs and…

Crafty Thursdays

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Fun with arts and crafts for children ages 5-12.

Manga Workshop

Tue, Jul 30, 2:00 P.M.

Interested in manga and comics? Learn how to draw some iconic characters from well-known manga. We’ll walk you through step by step and…

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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.