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 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

  • Fri., Apr. 14 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
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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)

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Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Mar 30, 11:00 A.M.

Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, and interactive play.

Generation to Generation: Meals and Poems Inspired by the Family Tree

Wed, Apr 5, 5:30 P.M.

Sometimes you can literally taste the love in family stories! These sweet and savory stories hold the memories of meals tasted long ago and…

One Book Every Young Child Storytime

Thu, Apr 20, 11:00 A.M.

Join your children's librarian for a special storytime featuring Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, the 2017 One Book, Every Young Child…

Wooden Block Party

Sat, Apr 22, 11:00 A.M.

Young children and their parents are invited to attend this creative play session featuring wooden blocks.

Crochet and Knitting Club

Sat, Apr 22, 1:00 P.M.

Join Sisters Interacting Through Stitches , to create items which are donated to local, national, and international organizations.  Club…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Sat, Apr 22, 1:00 P.M.

Crochet and Knitting Club Join Sisters Interacting Through Stitches, as they create items which are donated to local, national, and international…

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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.

 

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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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 40, 44, 52, 65