Torresdale Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/17 Closed
Monday, 9/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/23 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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., 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.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 16 : 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

Intro to Microsoft Word

Wed, Sep 20, 5:30 P.M.

An introduction to Microsoft Word. No sign-up required, but space is limited.

Computer & Internet Searching Basics II

Wed, Sep 20, 6:30 P.M.

Learn the basics of operating the computer and effectively searching the web. This is part two of a two part series. No sign-up required, but…

Computer & Internet Searching Basics I

Fri, Sep 22, 10:30 A.M.

Learn the basics of operating the computer and effectively searching the web. This is part one of a two part series. No sign-up required, but…

Sensory Storytimes

Mon, Sep 25, 6:30 P.M.

Sensory story times are geared for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive…

Intro to Microsoft Excel

Wed, Sep 27, 5:30 P.M.

An introduction to Microsoft Excel. No sign-up required, but space is limited.

Pajama Party Storytimes

Wed, Sep 27, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for songs, stories and a bedtime snack.  Wear your pajamas to the library and bring your favorite stuffed toy.  For children…

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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.