Torresdale Library

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

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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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Photo of Torresdale Library


  • 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

ShopRite Presents: Healthy Family Meals

Wed, Sep 25, 2:00 P.M.

McMenamin ShopRite's Dietician Nikita will be here to show us how to make healthy family meals! Program lasts approximately 90 minutes, and…

Chair Yoga

Thu, Sep 26, 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.  …

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Oct 22, 10:30 A.M.

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

ShopRite Presents: Flavors of Fall

Wed, Oct 23, 2:00 P.M.

McMenamin ShopRite's Dietician Nikita will be here to show us how to use Fall harvests to make healthy meals! Program lasts approximately 90…

Spooky Stories at Glen Foerd

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

Wednesday, October 23, 6:30pm (Rain Date October 30).  Get ready for Halloween with scary stories and some Halloween treats!  For…

Halloween Party for Young Children!

Sat, Oct 26, 2:00 P.M.

Come enjoy some "scary" stories, songs, and dancing with Halloween tunes by Jessica Carroll.  Ms. Carroll will encourage…

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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.