Wadsworth Library

1500 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19150-1699
(Wadsworth & Michener Aves.)
215-685-9293

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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

  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 12 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

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

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Upcoming Events

Exploring Bots

Tue, Jul 17, 2:00 P.M.

Robots are invading the library! Watch Hugo with us, and then let's talk about robots - past, present.... and future.  After that,…

Exploring Bots

Wed, Jul 18, 2:00 P.M.

Robots are invading the library! Watch Hugo with us, and then let's talk about robots - past, present.... and future.  After that,…

Exploring Bots

Tue, Jul 24, 2:00 P.M.

Robots are invading the library! Watch Hugo with us, and then let's talk about robots - past, present.... and future.  After that,…

Exploring Bots

Wed, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Robots are invading the library! Watch Hugo with us, and then let's talk about robots - past, present.... and future.  After that,…

Science in the Summer 2018 - Science of Space!

Thu, Jul 26, 10:00 A.M.

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin…

Exploring Bots

Wed, Aug 1, 2:00 P.M.

Robots are invading the library! Watch Hugo with us, and then let's talk about robots - past, present.... and future.  After that,…

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About

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.
 

History

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.