Wadsworth Library

1500 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19150-1699
Wadsworth & Michener Aves.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7/21 Closed
Monday, 7/22 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7/23 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 7/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/26 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/27 Closed
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 12 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Services By Appointment



  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Wed, July 24, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Come join Ms. Dee for songs, stories, rhymes and lap time most Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.! Stick around for playtime afterward.  This program is intended for ages 0 - 24 months, along with…

Science in the Summer: Be an Astrobiologist!

Wed, July 24, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Explore Mars with GSK and the Franklin Institute's Science in the Summer program!  Over five weeks, we will learn about rockets, engineering, astronauts, and more.  Today we will…

Movie and Coloring

Thu, July 25, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Enjoy two fun things! Watch a kids movie and do some movie-themed coloring at the same time.  For preschoolers and kids up to age 12. Meets most Thursdays, through August 22.

Preschool Storytime

Fri, July 26, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Come join Ms. Dee for songs, movement, and stories most Fridays at 11:00 a.m.! Stay awhile for playtime afterward.  This program is intended for children ages 2 - 6 and their caregivers.


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.