Wynnefield Library

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

Closed Today

Sunday, 1/19 Closed
Monday, 1/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 1/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 1/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/25 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Jan. 23 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Feb. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Mar. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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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)
  • Pay phone
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack

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Upcoming Events

Philly Reading Coaches

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00 P.M.

PHILLY READING COACHES  combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for children in…

Philly Reading Coaches

Thu, Jan 23, 4:00 P.M.

PHILLY READING COACHES  combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for children in…

Philly Reading Coaches

Tue, Jan 28, 4:00 P.M.

PHILLY READING COACHES  combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for children in…

One Book Film Screening: Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

Wed, Jan 29, 5:00 P.M.

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond goes on a journey to reveal how Hollywood’s portrayal of Indians influences the world’s understanding and…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Jan 30, 11:00 A.M.

Come join Ms. Susan for a fun-filled time of stories, music, and STEM- based interactive play.

Philly Reading Coaches

Thu, Jan 30, 4:00 P.M.

PHILLY READING COACHES  combines early reading support, access to books, and community volunteers to boost reading skills for children in…

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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.