Wynnefield Library

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 27 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 25 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking (free)
  • Street parking (metered)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Walking Group

Thu, June 13, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Come join us! Whether you are continuing down your path or taking your first steps on your journey towards being healthier and happier, all are welcome! Walk at your own pace, weather…

Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga for ALL

Mon, June 17, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Join us for Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga for ALL. Everyone is welcome!

Juneteenth Concert with the Renaissance Orchestra

Tue, June 18, 2024 11:30 A.M.

This celebration of Juneteenth features a musical performance by the talented Renaissance Orchestra. Join us for this fun family program!

Eagles Eye Mobile

Thu, June 20, 2024 10:00 A.M.

The Eagles Eye Mobile will be at Wynnefield Libary, this summer giving kids (ages 5-18) NO-COST eye exams and if needed, glasses! Please visit  https://eem.intakeq.com/booking  to…

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.