Whitman Library

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
(2nd St. & Snyder Ave.)
215-685-1754

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Fri., Dec. 30: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the New Year's Day holiday
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Facilities

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

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Upcoming Events

Sunday Literacy Program for 1st - 3rd Graders

Sun, Dec 11, 1:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at five of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers…

Pajama Story Time

Mon, Dec 12, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for a special monthly evening story time. Wear your pajamas, or regular clothes. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and get ready to have…

Story Time

Tue, Dec 13, 10:00 A.M.

Stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and more! Ages infant to five & parents/caregivers.

ESL Class

Tue, Dec 13, 10:00 A.M.

English Language Class is provided by the Center for Literacy. To register, please call 215-474-1235 ext. 229 and ask for English Test Days, or…

Play Group Tuesdays

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30 A.M.

Build early literacy skills through creative play and make new friends! Toys will be provided. Children ages infant to five & their…

YouTube DIY for Teens

Tue, Dec 13, 4:00 P.M.

SLIME! FLOAM! SQUISHIES! And more! Recreate your favorite YouTube DIY crafts and tutorials. Teens & Tweens. High School students can earn…

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About

Serving the diverse communities of Whitman and Pennsport, this neighborhood library is located on Snyder Avenue between 2nd Street and S. Philip Street. It is close to several shopping areas, including Snyder Plaza and Whitman Plaza, I-95, and Columbus Boulevard.

History

The neighborhood of Whitman and its library branch derive their names from the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge. In 1854, the community was included in what was then Passyunk Township. It was marshland, and many of the inhabitants raised pigs. The area south of Moore and between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers was known as "the Neck."

Growing out of European customs, the famous Philadelphia Mummers originated in the Neck. "Neckers" formed social clubs and visited each other in pop-in style and dressed in outlandish costumes for the fun of it. Out of this grew the "pea-shooters" who shot in the New Year.

The first official city parade was sponsored in 1901. Every year on New Year's Day, mummers dressed in elaborate costumes strut their stuff down Broad Street and later on 2nd Street or "Two Street." Mummery is particularly associated with Two Street, where a number of Mummers clubs are located.

The Whitman Branch of the Free Library opened on January 24, 1977. The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service.

When you visit the library, look in the meeting room to see scenes of South Philadelphia painted by well-known Philadelphia watercolorist Howard N. Watson.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 47, 57, 79, 25, 7