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Landmarks

Free Library of Philadelphia, Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch

The Ramonita de Rodriguez Library opened for business as the Girard Avenue Branch on December 16, 1968. The City Council renamed the branch on May 27, 1977 to honor the memory of Ramonita G. de Rodriguez, an outstanding Puerto Rican educator and community leader who served with the School District of Philadelphia as a supervisor in the Bilingual Program.

The library was renovated in 1996 as part of the “Changing Lives” campaign, which refurbished branches and ensured Internet access. As part of the Girard Avenue Coalition’s effort to revitalize the street, The Mural Arts Program created a colorful mural for the library’s exterior. When you visit, you might also notice the abstract relief sculpture on the concrete fascia encircling the building, which was crafted by sculptor Joseph J. Greenberg, Jr.

Photo and history c/o The Free Library of Philadelphia