Whitman Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 5/28 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 5/29 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 5/30 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/31 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/1 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/3 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 8 : Closed staff development day
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 10 : 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

Storytime

Tue, May 30, 10:00 A.M.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies through preschoolers and their caregivers! Older siblings are always welcome.

Play Group

Tue, May 30, 10:30 A.M.

Socialize and play with the library's toys after storytime. Groups are welcome to visit the library by appointment. Please contact the Children's…

Improv for Kids with Azuka Theatre

Thu, Jun 1, 4:00 P.M.

Say yes to improv at this interactive theater workshop with Allison Heishman, Associate Director and Theater Director of Azuka Theatre. Kids and…

Play Group

Sat, Jun 3, 11:00 A.M.

Bring your little ones to the library to socialize and play with the library's toys! This is an all ages family program, and children under 7 must…

Read to a therapy dog with PAWS for Reading!

Mon, Jun 5, 6:00 P.M.

Bella the French Bulldog will be at Whitman Neighborhood Library on selected Mondays for one-on-one reading sessions. She is a trained therapy dog…

Storytime

Tue, Jun 6, 10:00 A.M.

Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies through preschoolers and their caregivers! Older siblings are always welcome.

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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.