Wynnefield Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 3/18 Closed
Monday, 3/19 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, 3/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 3/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 3/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to staff shortage.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to inclement weather
  • * Thursday had 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

  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
  • Thu., Apr. 26 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 24 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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, Mar 24, 1:00 P.M.

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

Movie Screening | Crooklyn

Mon, Mar 26, 5:00 P.M.

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in…

Teen Grab Bag

Tue, Mar 27, 4:00 P.M.

Come to the library to make fun crafts, work on poetry, or play games! Something different every week! For teens ages 12 to 17.

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Mar 29, 11:00 A.M.

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

Preschool Storytime

Thu, Apr 5, 11:00 A.M.

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

Authors Up Close: If Sons, Then Heirs by Lorene Cary

Mon, Apr 9, 6:00 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Engage in conversation with author Lorene Cary about her novel  If Sons, Then Heirs,  and other works . The Needham family, scarred by…

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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.