Whitman Library

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

Open today until 6:00 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

  • Thu., Nov. 10: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 8: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

ESL Class

Thu, Oct 27, 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…

Pumpkin Party!

Thu, Oct 27, 4:00 P.M.

Come decorate a pumpkin at Whitman Neighborhood Library! Seasonal snacks will be served. This program is for children and families. Groups must…

Doggie Meet-up

Sat, Oct 29, 1:00 P.M.

Bring your dog (in a Halloween costume or not) to play with other dogs and people in the backyard of the library. Treats for people and dogs will…

Story Time

Tue, Nov 1, 10:00 A.M.

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

ESL Class

Tue, Nov 1, 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, Nov 1, 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…

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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.


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 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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Bus Routes: 47, 57, 79, 25