Torresdale Library

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

Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 3/17 Closed
Monday, 3/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 3/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 3/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Apr. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., May. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
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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

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Mar 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.   

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month at Torresdale Library

Wed, Apr 3, 6:00 P.M.

Presenters from SPIN will be on site to answer questions about accessing therapies and behavioral health services for children and youth on the…

ShopRite Presents Nutrition: Traditional Food Made Better Cooking Demo

Thu, Apr 4, 11:00 A.M.

McMenamin ShopRite's Dietician Nikita will be here to show us how to make traditional favorites "better for you"! Program lasts…

CareerLink: One on One Job Search

Wed, Apr 10, 2:30 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs, create a resume', and apply. 2:30-4:30PM

Preschool Story Time

Tue, Apr 16, 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.   

CareerLink: One on One Job Search

Wed, Apr 17, 2:30 P.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs, create a resume', and apply. 2:30-4:30PM

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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.