Wynnefield Library

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 2/25 Closed
Monday, 2/26 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/27 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. *
Wednesday, 2/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 3/1 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/2 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Tuesday has hour changes – Due to staff shortage. Materials pick up services offered 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Mar. 28 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Fri., Mar. 29 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Mar. 31 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 25 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

The Mobile CPR Project

Tue, March 5, 2024 5:00 P.M.

The Mobile CPR Project will be hosting free CPR Training  To learn more, contact their office at 215-746-4631 or TheMobileCPRProject@gmail.com.  Please wear comfortable clothing as part…

Read Baby Read: Baby and Toddler Storytime with Ms. Susan

Wed, March 6, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for stories & songs perfect for families with infants and young toddlers (0-24 months). Stay afterwards and enjoy playing in our RBR Infant Toddler space.  Read, Baby, Read…

Game Day and Puzzle Club Wednesdays

Wed, March 6, 2024 3:00 P.M.

Stop by the Wynnefield Library on Wednesdays for game day from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Preschool Storytime with Ms. Susan

Thu, March 7, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, and rhymes, and stay for playtime afterwards! Intended for children ages 2-6, and their caregivers.


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.


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.