Welsh Road Library

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


The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday. Fall hours begin September 22.

Fridays in July at 3 PM-Mad Scientists Club

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 7/15 Closed
Monday, 7/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 7/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/21 Closed
  • * 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jul. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus 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

Storytime

Tue, Jul 17, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for librarian led storytime for preschool and early elementary children, followed by play time with our large wooden blocks. 

Summertime Art

Tue, Jul 17, 3:00 P.M.

Read a popular picture book, and create an art project based on the title!    For school age children seven and older.  Groups…

Family Movie

Wed, Jul 18, 1:00 P.M.

Come watch a family friendly movie in the meeting room. Snacks provided.

Board Gaming for Teens and Friends

Thu, Jul 19, 3:00 P.M.

Come play board games in the library.

Storytime

Tue, Jul 24, 11:00 A.M.

Join us for librarian led storytime for preschool and early elementary children, followed by play time with our large wooden blocks. 

Summertime Art

Tue, Jul 24, 3:00 P.M.

Read a popular picture book, and create an art project based on the title!    For school age children seven and older.  Groups…

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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.