The Wadsworth Branch is now a satellite office for State Representative Chris Rabb and also State Senator Art Haywood. Their staff is here to assist you, you can call the office to make an appointment or just drop by the library. Chris Rabb's staff is here Fridays from 10am-1pm, their office number is 215-242-7300. Art Haywood's staff is here on Wednesdays from 12-3pm starting 2/22/17. Your local politicians are here to serve you and listen to your concerns, stop by.
Located in the Wadsworth Avenue shopping district, this branch serves the Wadsworth, Cedarbrook, Ivy Hill, and East Mt. Airy communities. A free parking lot on Michener Street serves many of the stores in the area.
The Wadsworth area became part of the city of Philadelphia in 1854. Prior to a housing boom that began in the 1940's, the area was open woodlands and farms. Therefore, there are only two buildings in the community built before the 1940's. Wadsworth Avenue and Michener Street were named after two of the old family farms.
Before there was a branch library, the neighborhood made heavy use of the Free Library's bookmobile. Wadsworth Avenue Library, a modern building with a glass "storefront," opened on July 30, 1959. In 1992, the building reopened after being closed several years for asbestos removal and building renovations, including the addition of a meeting room. Colorful ribbons enlivened the glass façade and neon lights brightened the interior.
The library was further renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service.