Wynnefield Library

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
(54th St. & Overbrook Ave.)
215-685-0298

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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

  • Thu., Jun. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 23 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
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Photo of Wynnefield Library

Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Pay phone
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

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Upcoming Events

Summer Craft Days

Tue, Jun 19, 11:00 A.M.

Join us between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for fun craft activities.

Teens Write Wednesdays

Wed, Jun 20, 2:00 P.M.

Sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University Writing Center

Game Day

Wed, Jun 20, 2:00 P.M.

Board games, puzzles, charades, oh my!

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Jun 21, 11:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, and interactive play.

Author Talk: Saundra Terrell, "Water Thicker Than Blood"

Fri, Jun 22, 12:00 P.M.

In Water Thicker Than Blood, Terrell tells a story of love, family, sadness, and hurt, but mainly of the challenges we face when trying to forgive…

Teens Write Wednesdays

Wed, Jun 27, 2:00 P.M.

Sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University Writing Center

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About

One block from City Line Avenue, the Wynnefield Branch serves the communities of Wynnefield and Overbook Farms. The library is next door to the John C. Anderson Cultural Center, and is very close to the campus of St. Joseph's University.

History

Dr. Thomas Wynne, Welsh physician to William Penn and Speaker of the first two provincial assemblies of Pennsylvania, gave the neighborhood its name when he built his home, Wynnestay, in 1690.  Stay is Welsh for field. The house still stands at the corner of 52nd and Woodbine.

 

Around 1904, the Wynnefield Improvement Company built several homes in the area in the style of Wynnestay.  In the 1920s, the numerous row homes throughout the area were built.  In the 1950s, the two shopping areas in the neighborhood gained prominence; one at City Line and 47th Street , and the other at 54th Street near City Line.

 

With the opening of the Wynnefield Branch in June 1964, the current configuration of the neighborhood was completed.  The building was the end result of a long campaign by the Wynnefield Residents Association, and included the establishment of the Wynnefield (now John C. Anderson) Cultural Center under the direction of the City of Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

 

In September 2000, the Wynnefield Branch re-opened after extensive technological upgrades and the addition of several public computers.