Whitman Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 11 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Yoga

Wed, May 22, 6:30 P.M.

A free, inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Mats are available, or you can bring your own. Wear something…

Careerlink Drop In Help for Job Seekers

Thu, May 23, 12:00 P.M.

Looking for a new job or updating your resume? Stop in to speak with a Careerlink specialist for one on one help with applications, resumes, and…

Family Academy Courses & Training | Lakeshore: Family Math Game Packs

Thu, May 23, 4:00 P.M.

Learn where you live!  We have a series of courses throughout the school year where you can learn about great subjects to help you and your…

Build It!

Fri, May 24, 3:00 P.M.

Build with LEGO, Magna-Tiles, Keva Planks and more! For ages 7 and up.

Yoga

Wed, May 29, 6:30 P.M.

A free, inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Mats are available, or you can bring your own. Wear something…

Careerlink Drop In Help for Job Seekers

Thu, May 30, 12:00 P.M.

Looking for a new job or updating your resume? Stop in to speak with a Careerlink specialist for one on one help with applications, resumes, and…

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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.