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Kingsessing Library

A Rebuild project


Kingsessing Library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought internet service to every library. The library is equipped with:

  • Computers.
  • Printers and photocopiers.
  • Meeting rooms for community use.

Kingsessing Library closed to the public on October 14, 2022 to prepare for construction this winter (2022-2023). For program relocation information click, here.


1201 S. 51st St.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Project Status: Construction

Kingsessing is undergoing a $7 million renovation that will include:

  • New teen and child reading area
  • New roof, windows, doors
  • Refurbished masonry
  • New elevator
  • New furniture, fixtures and finishes
  • New windows will bring more light into the space
  • New lighting improvements on the exterior and interior
  • HVAC improvements

Project management

Rebuild is leading this project. If you have questions, contact us at

The Kingsessing Recreation Center is also a Rebuild project site. The Library and Recreation Center are being managed together as a co-located site.