Welsh Road Library

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

Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/14 Closed
Monday, 10/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/17 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/20 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

  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Oct 30, 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, Oct 30, 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…

Preschool Science Exploration

Thu, Nov 1, 11:00 A.M.

Each month, students will explore concepts of Science and do STEM activities. This is for preschoolers and their adult caregivers.  

Mad Scientists Club

Thu, Nov 1, 4:30 P.M.

Complete science experiments while having fun.  We may make a mess while exploring science concepts, so don't dress to impress.  For…

Preschool Storytime

Tue, Nov 6, 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, Nov 6, 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…

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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.