List of Carnegie libraries in Philadelphia

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The following list of Carnegie libraries in Philadelphia provides detailed information on United States Carnegie libraries in Philadelphia, where 25 libraries were built from 1 grant (totaling $1,500,000) awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York on January 5, 1903.[1]

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  Building still operating as a library
  Building standing, but now serving another purpose
  Building no longer standing
  Building contributes to a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places

Carnegie libraries[edit]

Library Image Location Notes
1 Chestnut Hill Phila FLP ChestnutHill01.png 8711 Germantown Avenue (19118)
40°04′38″N 75°12′32″W / 40.077255°N 75.208755°W / 40.077255; -75.208755 (Chestnut Hill)
2 Cobbs Creek Phila FLP CobbsCreek01.png 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, (19143)
39°56′45″N 75°14′29″W / 39.94572°N 75.241500°W / 39.94572; -75.241500 (Blanche A. Nixon Branch Library)
3 Falls of Schuylkill Phila FLP FallsSchuylkill02.png 3501 Midvale Avenue (19129)

40°00′51″N 75°11′31″W / 40.014201°N 75.191874°W / 40.014201; -75.191874 (Falls of Schuylkill Library)

4 Frankford 4634 Frankford Avenue (19124) Replaced by modern building[2]
5 Germantown Germantown Free Library.JPG 5818 Germantown Avenue (19144)
40°02′14″N 75°10′34″W / 40.037324°N 75.176045°W / 40.037324; -75.176045 (Senior Citizens Center)
Senior citizens center[3]
6 Greenwich Original razed[3]
7 Haddington Phila FLP Haddington01.jpg 446 North 65th Street (19151)
39°58′12″N 75°14′58″W / 39.970048°N 75.249346°W / 39.970048; -75.249346 (Haddington Library)
8 Kingsessing Phila FLP Kingsessing02.jpg 1201 South 51st Street (19143)
39°56′33″N 75°13′09″W / 39.942406°N 75.219037°W / 39.942406; -75.219037 (Kingsessing Library)
9 Lehigh Phila FLP LehighAvenue02.png 601 West Lehigh Avenue (19133)
39°59′32″N 75°08′32″W / 39.992343°N 75.142173°W / 39.992343; -75.142173 (Lillian Marrero Branch Library)[4]
Renamed Lillian Marerro Branch ca. 2005[5]
10 Logan Phila FLP Logan01.png 1333 Wagner Avenue (19141),
40°01′53″N 75°08′43″W / 40.031457°N 75.145342°W / 40.031457; -75.145342 (Logan Branch Library)
11 Manayunk Fleming and Dupont Streets (19128)
40°01′52″N 75°13′20″W / 40.031107°N 75.222124°W / 40.031107; -75.222124 (Now a nursing home)
Now a nursing home[3]
12 McPherson Square Phila FLP McPherson01.jpg 601 East Indiana Avenue (19134)
39°59′41″N 75°07′08″W / 39.994808°N 75.11878°W / 39.994808; -75.11878 (McPherson Square Library)
13 Nicetown 1715 Hunting Park Avenue (19124)[6] Replaced by modern building in 1961,
at 3720 Broad Street 19140[7]
14 Oak Lane Phila FLP OakLane01.png 6614 North 12th Street (19126)
40°03′12″N 75°08′16″W / 40.053362°N 75.137714°W / 40.053362; -75.137714 (Oak Lane Branch Library)
Land gift of citizens of Oak Lane and Vicinity[8]
15 Paschalville Phila FLP Paschalville.01.png 6942 Woodland Avenue (19142)
39°55′13″N 75°14′27″W / 39.920410°N 75.24089°W / 39.920410; -75.24089 (Paschalville Branch Library)
Faces South 70th Street
16 Passyunk Phila FLP Passyunk01.png 1935 Shunk Street (19145)
39°55′11″N 75°10′49″W / 39.919622°N 75.1802°W / 39.919622; -75.1802 (Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library)
Opened 1914, Renamed 2004:
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Branch[9]
17 Richmond Phila FLP Richmond01.jpg 2987 Almond Street (19134)
39°58′59″N 75°06′31″W / 39.982963°N 75.108653°W / 39.982963; -75.108653 (Richmond Branch Library)
18 South Philadelphia 2407 S Broad Street
19 Southwark 1108 South 5th Street Now houses Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Association
20 Spring Garden 1700 Spring Garden Street Razed[3]
21 Tacony Phila FLP Tacony01.jpg 6742 Torresdale Avenue (19135)
40°01′31″N 75°02′43″W / 40.025356°N 75.0452300°W / 40.025356; -75.0452300 (Tacony Library)
Land gift of Jacob S. Disston, Esq. 1906 [10]
22 Thomas Holme Phila FLP Holmesburg01.jpg 7810 Frankford Avenue (19136)
40°02′25″N 75°01′52″W / 40.040293°N 75.031184°W / 40.040293; -75.031184 (Holmesburg Library)
Holmesburg Library

Land gift of Lower Dublin Academy[11]

23 Walnut Street Phila FLP WalnutStreet01.png 140 South 40th Street (19104)
39°57′15″N 75°12′09″W / 39.954112°N 75.202589°W / 39.954112; -75.202589 (Walnut Street Branch Library)
West Philadelphia Branch
24 Wissahickon Manayunk Avenue and Osbourne Street Razed[3]
25 Wyoming Phila FLP Wyoming02.jpg 231 East Wyoming Avenue (19120)
40°01′16″N 75°07′17″W / 40.021191°N 75.121402°W / 40.021191; -75.121402 (Wyoming Avenue Library)
Opened October 30, 1930, it was the last library funded by Carnegie.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anderson, p. 57.
  2. ^ "FLP:Frankford Branch (Note modern building)". FLP Web Site. Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Carnegie Libraries:Philadelphia County". The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 2010-09-16. Germantown:Original now a senior citizens center Greenwich Branch (Original razed) Ritner's Children's (No longer in existence) Spring Garden Branch (Razed) Wissahickon Branch (Razed)
  4. ^ "FLP:Lillian Marrero Branch". FLP Web Site. Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-09-15. Lillian Marerro Branch, 601 West Lehigh Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19133-2228
  5. ^ "Branch renamed for Lillian E. Marrero-Rios (1956–2005), a librarian at this branch for many years."
  6. ^ "FLP:Nicetown Branch)". FLP Web Site. Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-09-17. On June 29, 1917, a new library funded by Andrew Carnegie was opened at 1715 Hunting Park Avenue, near Wayne Avenue. The 12th library in the Free Library system, it kept the name 'Nicetown.'
  7. ^ "FLP:Nicetown Branch (Note modern building)". FLP Web Site. Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-09-17. The present library, now named for both communities, opened in a remodeled Linton's restaurant on April 16, 1961. It was located at the intersection of Broad Street, Erie and Germantown Avenues – now a transportation hub with a Broad Street subway station.
  8. ^ The Land On which this Building is Erected Was Presented to the City by Citizens of Oak Lane and Vicinity for the Oak Lane Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia MCMXI. Plaque inside front entrance, 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19126. 2010-09-17.{{cite sign}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^ "FLP:Donatucci Branch". FLP Web Site. Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2010-09-17. Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr.: The Donatucci Branch (known as the Passyunk Branch until 2004) has been a vibrant and evolving institution since 1914.
  10. ^ The Land On which this Building is Erected Was Presented to the City by Jacob S. Disston Esq. for the Tacony Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia MCMVI. 6742 Torresdale Avenue (19135). 2009-04-08.{{cite sign}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  11. ^ The Land On which this Building is Erected Was Presented to the City by The Trustees of The Lower Dublin Academy for the Thomas Holme Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia MCMVI. Plaque inside front entrance, 7810 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136-3047. 2010-09-04.{{cite sign}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Historical Marker

Further reading[edit]

  • Anderson, Florence (1963). Carnegie Corporation Library Program 1911–1961. New York: Carnegie Corporation. OCLC 1282382.
  • Bobinski, George S. (1969). Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN 0-8389-0022-4.
  • Jones, Theodore (1997). Carnegie Libraries Across America. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-14422-3.
  • Miller, Durand R. (1943). Carnegie Grants for Library Buildings, 1890–1917. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York. OCLC 2603611.

Note: The above references, while all authoritative, are not entirely mutually consistent. Some details of this list may have been drawn from one of the references without support from the others. Reader discretion is advised.

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