Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/22 Closed
Monday, 10/23 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/24 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/25 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/26 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/27 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * 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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Oct. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Dec. 28 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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

Meet Author/Illustrator Eric Velasquez

Mon, Oct 23, 10:00 A.M.

Join us for a very special event with picture book author and illustrator Eric Velasquez as he shares his stories and creative process. Eric…

Computer Class

Mon, Oct 23, 1:00 P.M.

A Digital Resource Specialist is available to help you develop your computer skills and provide guidance on email basics, resume writing,…

Computer Class

Mon, Oct 23, 4:00 P.M.

A Digital Resource Specialist is available to help you develop your computer skills and provide guidance on email basics, resume writing,…

Reel Talk

Mon, Oct 23, 5:00 P.M.

Watch a documentary or featured film, followed by an Adult group discussion. Topics will likely involve poignant social issues and pressing…

Teen Grab Bag

Tue, Oct 24, 4:00 P.M.

Come to the library to make fun crafts, work on poetry, or play games! Something different every week! For teens ages 12 to 17.

Teen Anime Club

Wed, Oct 25, 5:00 P.M.

Teens interested in Anime are invited to join the Teen Anime Club!

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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.