Wynnefield Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Thursday, June 24 – Message from Staff

Wynnefield Library now has limited in-house services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm.

Computer use is open to FLP card holders. There are a limited amount of computers available.

Patrons may  use the printer/copier machine at 25 cents/per copy.

Patrons will also be able to pick up their hold requests and check them out at the Circulation desk during open hours.

We ask that masks be properly worn by Non-vaccinated patrons throughout the entire time they are in the library. 

We do not have browsing at this time. Material request forms will be available to fill out and give to a librarian for assistance. 

The Children's Summer of Wonder Reading bags are available in the lobby filled with an Activity Chart, stickers, and a prizes. 

 

A Librarian will be present to answer Reference questions and to assist with material requests. Phone Reference is available 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Material Hold Pickup will still be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm. 

Contact Wynnefield Library at (215) 685-0298 to schedule a time to pick up your available items. For faster phone service, please have your library card number ready.

The Drop Box will remain open 24 hours/7 days a week.  Items will be retrieved and discharged periodically through the day.

We still are not accepting donations at this time. 

We ask for your cooperation in not leaving donations of used books in or near our drop box, or outside of our building.

 Thank you!

5325 Overbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1498
54th St. & Overbrook Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday By Appointment
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday By Appointment
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday By Appointment
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

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

Upcoming Events

Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program

Mon, June 28, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.  Program times are Mondays, June 21st,…

Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program

Mon, July 12, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.  Program times are Mondays, June 21st,…

Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program

Mon, July 19, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.  Program times are Mondays, June 21st,…

Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program

Mon, July 26, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Wynnefield Library will host the Virtual Teen Science Enrichment Summer of Wonder Program in partnership with Saint Joseph's University.  Program times are Mondays, June 21st,…

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.