Whitman Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

200 Snyder Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148-2620
2nd St. & Snyder Ave.
Closed Today
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., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 9 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
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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

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Tue, May 24, 2022 3:30 P.M.

What to watch for in yourself and others. Alzheimer’s causes changes in memory, thinking and behavior that are not normal aging. Join us to learn about: The difference between normal aging…

Feet First

Wed, May 25, 2022 11:00 A.M.

Meet in front of the Whitman Library for a 2 mile walk.  We will walk all winter long, weather permitting, so wear comfortable shoes and appropriate outerwear. Don't forget to bring water!

Mindful Meditation

Fri, May 27, 2022 10:30 A.M.

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

Build It!

Fri, May 27, 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.