Holmesburg Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

7810 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136-3013
Frankford Ave. & Hartel St.
Closed Today
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

  • Thu., Dec. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Jan. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
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  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Holmesburg Library Book Club

Mon, November 28, 2022 6:30 P.M.

Holmesburg Library Book Club Location: Holmesburg Library    The Holmesburg Library's Book Club usually meets every two weeks on Monday night at 6:30PM. Join us for a lively…

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Tue, November 29, 2022 12:00 P.M.

PA CareerLink® Job Search Assistance Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with…

Storytime with Mr. Paul

Fri, December 2, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Mr. Paul for some seasonal stories! Mr. Paul will be reading ‘ If You Take a Mouse to the Movies ' by Laura Numeroff. This program is for Preschool age children.  

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

Mon, December 5, 2022 6:30 P.M.

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath   The Friends of the Holmesburg Library invites you to join our expert crafter maker Pam as she helps you make a great-looking wreath for the holiday season.…


Serving the Holmesburg and Mayfair communities.


In 1682, Thomas Holme was granted 1,646 acres in Lower Dublin as payment for his service as William Penn's surveyor-general. At one time the village was called Washington, but when some of Thomas Holme's relatives decided to sell some land, they advertised it as being in "Holmesburg."

The branch also serves the Mayfair section, which was developed in the 1920's and took its name from a resident who wanted to form a civic association. He said, "We may fare well if we get behind this community and push so why not call it Mayfair."

The Holmesburg Branch was founded in 1867 as the Holmesburg Reading Room and Library Association, a subscription library. In 1880, it was transferred to the trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy and was referred to as the Thomas Holme Free Library.

In 1899, an agreement between the academy trustees and the Free Library of Philadelphia established the Thomas Holme Branch, which opened in 1900 in the Atheneum, 8000 Frankford Ave. In 1906, the Trustees of the Lower Dublin Academy donated land and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated funds for a new library, which opened on June 26, 1907. The library was renovated in 1998 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and added Internet service.