Bustleton Library

Bustleton Library is temporarily closed.

Friday, September 25 – Message from Staff


Bustleton Library is now providing contactless materials pickup service! Please call Bustleton Library during business hours (9-5 Monday through Friday) at 215-685-0472 to request materials and schedule a time to pick up the requested materials.

Our book drop is open if you have materials you would like to return. Please note that we are quarantining all returns, so items will remain on your card for 7 days after being returned. But remember, there are no late fees!

10199 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116-3718
Verree Rd. & Bustleton Ave.
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Upcoming Events

Virtual-USCIS Information Session: Immigration and Citizenship

Tue, September 29, 2020 5:30 P.M.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Languages and Learning Center invite you to join the conversation! Learn about the naturalization process and what you need to become a U.S. citizen. USCIS representatives will be available to answer your questions.   This…

About

Located by George Washington High School, the Bustleton Branch serves the diverse neighborhoods of Bustleton and Somerton.

History

The community of Bustleton-Somerton, once full of thick woodlands, was a rich farming area for most of its history. According to one theory, Bustleton grew around Busselton Tavern, a local watering hole established before the Revolution. Verree Road takes its name from Verree's Mill, a tool factory on Pennypack Creek that once shipped hatchets and axes all over the East Coast.

The Bustleton library had its beginnings near the turn of the 20th century. In 1905, when horse-drawn wagons still plodded up Bustleton Pike, the Free Library placed a "traveling library" of 50 books in Tustin's Drug Store. Six years later, the library was moved from the drug store to St. Luke's Chapel, where it resided for the next 30 years. However, the space at St. Luke's was too small and was only open one day a week, so in 1941 citizens of Bustleton petitioned City Council for an official branch, which opened the following year in Union Hall at 9230 Bustleton Pike.

In 1960, in anticipation of the present building, the library was moved to rented quarters on the second floor of 9507 Bustleton Avenue. The quarters were larger and more pleasant, but there was still inadequate floor space.

Finally, on October 1, 1965, the current branch opened on land donated by the Philadelphia Board of Education. The one-story brick building was designed by Alexander Ewing and Associates, Architects and Engineers at a total cost of $337,300.

When you visit Bustleton Library, take a look at the carved wood mural, "Man's Learning Preserved." Created by James House, Jr., the mural depicts many signs and symbols used to record ideas from ancient times to the space age.