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, 11/10 Closed
Monday, 11/11 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/16 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day
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

  • Thu., Nov. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 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

Pajama Party Storytime

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

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

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Nov 19, 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: Healthy Holiday Dishes

Wed, Nov 20, 2:00 P.M.

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

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Nov 26, 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.   

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Dec 10, 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.   

Winter Wonderland

Wed, Dec 11, 6:00 P.M.

Spend the evening with us as we celebrate with stories and holiday music!  Musician Jessica Carroll returns to entertain us with her…

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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.