Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 27 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 25 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Photo of Wynnefield Library

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

Crochet and Knitting Club

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

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

Lisa Thomas-Laury | Author Talk

Sat, Sep 29, 2:00 P.M.

Join us for conversation and questions with special guest, Lisa Thomas-Laury. Lisa Thomas-Laury is a West Virginia native who made Philadelphia…

Reading with Kadeja Wexler

Tue, Oct 16, 10:30 A.M.

Join us for a special event with children's book author, Kadeja Wexler. Ms. Wexler will read from her new books: A dventures with the Jujukas:…

Crochet and Knitting Club

Sat, Oct 27, 1:00 P.M.

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

Crochet and Knitting Club

Sat, Nov 24, 1:00 P.M.

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

Crochet and Knitting Club

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

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.