Torresdale Library

3079 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-1101
Holme Ave. & Willits Rd.
Closed Today
Sunday, 8/7 Closed
Monday, 8/8 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed *
Tuesday, 8/9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed *
Wednesday, 8/10 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/11 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/13 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Staff shortage
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Staff shortage. Materials pickup service will be available from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.
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. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Electrical outlets available

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.