Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 22: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Dec. 23: Closing at 3:00 PM preparation for the Christmas Day holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 24: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26: Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Dec 15, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and care givers are invited to join Ms. Susan for stories and songs.

Crochet Club

Sat, Dec 17, 1:00 P.M.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Mon, Dec 19, 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a Gingerbread House Workshop. Advanced registration is required, please call 215-685-0298 or register in person at the library.

Read by 4th Winter Break Book Fair

Wed, Dec 28, 2:00 P.M.

The Read by 4th Winter Break Book Fair is a social event for youth in Kindergarten through 3 grade. The fairs serve as an opportunity for peers to…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Dec 29, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and care givers are invited to join Ms. Susan for stories and songs.

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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.

 

In May 2002, Bill Plant, a chainsaw artist, carved a lion from a 100 year old tree trunk from Fairmount Park.  The lion shape was chosen by local school children.  The project was funded by a grant to the School of Hard Knocks which paid for both the tree trunk to be lifted over the wall by a crane and for Bill Plant’s chainsaw artistry. The sculpture is still in the courtyard.

 

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 40, 44, 52, 65