Welsh Road Library

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2205
Welsh Road & Roosevelt Blvd.
Open today 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/9 Closed
Monday, 6/10 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/11 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/12 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
Thursday, 6/13 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/14 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/15 Closed
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 10 a.m. - 12:30 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

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 18 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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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
  • Scanner
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Social Services at the Library with a Social Worker

Wed, June 12, 2024 3:00 P.M.

Stop by for Open Office Hours with a Social Worker where you can receive help finding, navigating, and connecting to relevant community and government agencies.  Our social worker is generally here for 2 hours. If you have questions, you can email socialservices@freelibrary.org. …

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.