Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/23 Closed
Monday, 10/24 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10/25 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/26 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/27 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 10/28 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/29 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. 27: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Nov. 11: Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 17: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 24: Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 22: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Upcoming Events

Rain Check Workshop

Mon, Oct 24, 6:00 P.M.

Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens,…

Medicare Information Session

Fri, Nov 4, 10:30 A.M.

Medicare can be confusing. Make sure you have insurance that will meet your health needs and budget.  The APPRISE Program provides free,…

Campaign Pamphlets and Printing

Tue, Nov 8, 4:00 P.M.

Pamphlets have long been used as an easy way to distribute information, especially for political campaigns. During this workshop we will create…

Snacking with the President

Tue, Nov 8, 4:00 P.M.

Did you know George Washington loved hazelnuts, Thomas Jefferson adored vanilla ice cream, and Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans? What's your…

Meet the Author: Eleanor “Cookie” Burke

Sat, Nov 12, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a discussion with Eleanor “Cookie” Burke, the author of Reflections66 and the newly published Resilience. Resilience is a…


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.


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.


In May 2002, Bill Plant, a chainsaw artist, carved a lion from a 100 year old tree trunk from Fairmount Park.  The lion shape was chosen by local school children.  The project was funded by a grant to the School of Hard Knocks which paid for both the tree trunk to be lifted over the wall by a crane and for Bill Plant’s chainsaw artistry. The sculpture is still in the courtyard.


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Bus Routes: 40, 44, 52, 65