Welsh Road Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, December 28 – Message from Staff

Dear Welsh Road Community:

Currently, we have the following services:


Book Drop is open 24/7;

Returned materials will be quarantined for at least 7 days before they are checked in and will remain checked out on your account during this time. You will be able to place holds and renew items while blocked.


Materials pick-up, M-F 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30pm - 4:00pm;

Please contact the library to make an appointment for pick-up.


Phone reference, M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm, 215-685-0498.


For more up to date information and virtual programs, please visit our Facebook page.

We hope to see you soon!

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2205
Welsh Road & Roosevelt Blvd.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 15 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
View all holiday closings

Services By Appointment



  • 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

Upcoming Events

Virtual Maker Monday

Mon, January 25, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Join us every Monday for a family-friendly craft, activity, or science experiment! Find us on Facebook at: Welsh Road Library  

Virtual-Trivia Thursdays

Thu, January 28, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Thursday Trivia : Every Thursday in August we will post a fun trivia question on our Facebook page Welsh Rd Library . On Friday, we will reveal the answer and highlight some books in the Welsh Road Library collection. 


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.