Whitman Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

Monday, November 30 – Message from Staff

Due to the city's COVID restrictions, all Free Library locations are closed to the public. Here at Whitman, we're resuming curbside holds pickups and return dropoffs on Monday, November 30.
--Our returns drop box is now open 24/7. 
--To pick up your holds, call us at 215-685-1754 or email SolomonR@freelibrary.org to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday-Friday 10 am-4:30 pm. Please wear a mask and we will bring your items to the front door at your timed pickup slot.

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Fri., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 18 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 15 : Closed Presidents' Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking (free)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 4, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

Virtual Friends of Whitman Library Meeting

Mon, December 7, 2020 6:30 P.M.

Curious about getting involved with your neighborhood library? The Friends of Whitman Library will be holding their monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month. This meeting is free and open…

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 11, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Fri, December 18, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Weekly storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with Whitman’s Children’s Librarian on  facebook.com/WhitmanLibrary  

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.