Yes, the library at Broad and Morris will be closing some time around the end of the year, but it is only to make way for a bigger, better complex there that will include a library. It just might take a few years.
A source at the library said they are expected to start packing up in the beginning of October, though she said they may still be open through the winter.
The closure is part of a much larger project that involves Children’s Hospital and the city Health Department. News emerged last year that CHOP and the city would partner to provide a one-stop health shop for adults and kids in South Philly. The new info here is that the library would also have a home on the first floor of the building.
“The library is expected to gain a lot of space. On the second floor will be the health center, and the third floor will be the CHOP center,” said the source. ”The [adjacent] rec center is also expected to be remodeled during this providing a multidisciplinary health campus.”
She said there was talk of relocating the library and rec center to a temporary location during construction, but that hasn’t been finalized. She also noted that community meetings will occur closer to go time, but they haven’t been scheduled.