Greater Olney Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00171
Title: Greater Olney Branch
Additional Title: Mural created for the remodeled Greater Olney Branch, ca. 1964
Historic Street Address: 5501 North 5th Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The Kiwanis Club and the Olney Community Council began working together in 1945, to create a Free Library in their neighborhood. The Greater Olney Branch opened in the former Olney Bank and Trust Company building on October 20, 1949.

In the mid-1960s, a major remodeling/modernization for the branch was undertaken.  This ca. 1964 interior view is a close-up of the large mural overlooking the main floor. The image, celebrating the new tower atop Independence Hall in 1828, is taken from the book "Through These Arches," by Katherine Milhous, and executed by master sign-painter William Riedel.

Located at 5th Street and Tabor Road, the branch serves the Olney community.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:40.035015
Geocode Longitude:-75.130674