Welsh Road Library

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2205
(Welsh Road & Roosevelt Blvd.)
215-685-0498

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

  • Thu., Dec. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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Photo of Welsh Road Library

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Scanner

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Upcoming Events

Crafty Mondays

Mon, Dec 17, 4:30 P.M.

Afterschoolers, join us for a seasonal craft! Third Monday of the month. For ages 7 and above.

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Dec 18, 11:00 A.M.

Have fun with stories, songs and rhymes.  For kids ages 3 to 5, along with an adult caregiver. Daycares and camps - please call to set up…

Stay and Play!

Tue, Dec 18, 11:30 A.M.

Come check out our cool manipulatives and toys! Meet, talk, and play together with other families in the neighborhood! For preschoolers and their…

Pajama Storytime

Wed, Dec 19, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for songs and stories to end your busy day and get ready for bedtime.  You are encouraged to wear your pajamas to the library and…

Pajama Play Group

Wed, Dec 19, 7:00 P.M.

Creative play for preschoolers and their adult caregivers. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal if you like (not…

PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

Wed, Jan 9, 6:30 P.M.

With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE…

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History

Welsh Road is named for the Welsh settlers from North Wales who came down this rough road in the 1700's to go to the grist mill on Pennypack Creek. The last section of Welsh Road, from Mower Street to Roosevelt Boulevard, was completed as an improved blacktop road and dedicated in 1954.

The community served by the Welsh Road branch began to develop after World War II, when returning servicemen received government-backed mortgages, and developers like the Korman and Orleans families bought large parcels of land.

The Welsh Road branch opened to the public on November 11, 1968. The library was one of the first in the country to be built in a shopping center, although it is really in back of the Northeast Shopping Center. At the time of its opening, it was predicted that the unique location would enable Welsh Road to circulate in excess of 200,000 items per year. That prediction turned out to be remarkably accurate, and it still holds true today.

The library has a futuristic design that relies on three walls of glass to add to the interior lighting. The black and white marble mosaic "Space Cage" dominates the entryway, and the preschool center has a carousel theme. The building was awarded the "Distinguished Building Award" by the Pennsylvania Society of Architects in 1970.

The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.