Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12/1 Closed
Monday, 12/2 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/3 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/4 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/5 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/6 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/7 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Thursday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
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., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 24 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Dec. 31 : Open 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM preparation for holidays
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
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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

PA CareerLink: Resume Workshop

Tue, Dec 10, 10:00 A.M.

This workshop will help you discover techniques and tips to write a more effective resume, and help you to understand how PAR (Problem,…

Census 2020 - Job Opportunities

Wed, Dec 11, 1:00 P.M.

The Census Bureau is hiring! Come hear from a Census Bureau representative about the great job opportunities available, ask questions, and apply…

Gingerbread Decorating Workshop

Wed, Dec 11, 2:00 P.M.

Come have fun with us decorating gingerbread houses, ugly sweaters, and more! Registration required. Please sign-up in the Children’s…

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Dec 12, 11:00 A.M.

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

Philly Reading Coaches

Thu, Dec 12, 4:00 P.M.

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

Autism Block Party

Sat, Dec 14, 2:30 P.M.

This is a sensory play time for children with Autism to come and enjoy the library. There will be homemade sand, water beads, puzzles, cardboard…

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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.