Whitman Library

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Thu., Oct. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

In Person Yoga

Thu, August 18, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Join us for in-person yoga classes with instructors Janet Faulis and Ann-Marie Mulgrew. Bring your own or use Whitman’s mats and blocks. This all level free class is capped to 8…

Summer Storytime at Dickinson Square Park

Fri, August 19, 2022 9:30 A.M.

Join Whitman librarian Ms. Rachel for an outdoor family storytime at Dickinson Square Park in South Philly. Please bring your own blanket to sit on. No large groups, please. Any cancellations will…

Mindful Meditation

Fri, August 19, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Ground your mind and body with this virtual Mindful Meditation using a brief body scan. Listen to peaceful music while you relax and bring compassion and kindness to your body and mind. Please…

Build It!

Fri, August 19, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Come play with LEGO, Magna-Tiles, and more! Blocks will be set up on the children's side of the library. No large groups, please. For children ages 5-12.

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.