Wynnefield Library

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5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
Open today until 6:00 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. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Thu, September 23, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for outdoor storytime! Read, Baby, Read is made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. 

Read Baby Read! Virtual Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

Tue, September 28, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan on Wynnefield Library's Facebook Page.  Bring your little one for lap time with stories and songs! Read, Baby, read is a series of programs focused on language and literacy…

Virtual Math and Science Enrichment Tutoring on Zoom!

Tue, September 28, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen and Pre-teen Math and Science Enrichment in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.   Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry,…

Read, Baby, Read Storytime

Thu, September 30, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for outdoor storytime! Read, Baby, Read is made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. 

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.