About the Library


The Walnut Street West Library at 40th and Walnut Streets is a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia that serves the communities of University City and Spruce Hill. It is one of the most used branches, offering a large collection of books for children, teens and adults as well as audio CDs, DVDs, magazines, CDs, and free Internet and computer access.

University City residents enjoy many library programs including ESL, Chess and Computer Literacy classes that are not only educational but also a great way to connect with other community members. To learn about upcoming events and programs, visit the calendar page.

To register for a free library card, click here or sign up on your next visit to any library branch by showing identification with your current address. Out-of-state residents may pay a $15.00 annual fee.

To search the library catalog, access your library account, pay fines, place a hold or renew books you have checked out, visit the main library website with your library card number here.



Friends of Walnut Street West Library. Email us at Information@wswlibraryfriends.org