Torresdale Library

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

There will be no preschool storytime on Tuesday 1/22 due to staff shortage. Please join us for our next one on 1/29!

There will be no Sensory Storytime on Saturday 1/19 due to staff shortage. Please join us for our next one in February!

Open today until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1/13 Closed
Monday, 1/14 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/18 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 18 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Apr. 18 : 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

Chair Yoga

Thu, Jan 24, 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. Part of…

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Jan 29, 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. 

Chair Yoga

Thu, Jan 31, 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. Part of…

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Feb 5, 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 Nutrition: Healthy Appetizers/Dessert

Thu, Feb 7, 11:00 A.M.

McMenamin ShopRite's Dietician Nikita will be here to show us how to make some simple yet healthy appetizers and desserts! Program lasts…

Pajama Party Storytime

Wed, Feb 13, 6:30 P.M.

 Celebrating Valentine's Day.  Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy.  For children ages 2 to 5 with an…

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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.