Bushrod Library

6304 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149-2731
(Castor Ave. & Stirling St.)
215-685-1471

Closed Today

Sunday, 12/9 Closed
Monday, 12/10 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/11 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/12 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Friday, 12/14 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/15 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Dec. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Thu., Jan. 10 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Bicycle rack
  • Scanner
  • Street parking (free)

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Upcoming Events

You Code It!

Wed, Dec 12, 3:30 P.M.

Join us for this hand-on STEM program as participants use coding to create dances and more.  

You Code It!

Thu, Dec 13, 3:30 P.M.

Join us for this hand-on STEM program as participants use coding to create dances and more.  

Slime Party

Thu, Dec 20, 4:00 P.M.

Start winter break with a celebration of slime.  Join us as we experiment with every day ingredients to create different types of slime.

Book Discussion: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Thu, Feb 28, 5:00 P.M.

Sit down at your local library to discuss this year’s One Book, One Philadelphia selection, a novel about family and time.   Reading…

Get on the Bus!

Tue, Mar 5, 5:00 P.M.

Children will read Last Stop on Market Street , discuss their own bus experiences, and create 3D paper buses to drive along a large map of…

Road Trip Workshop

Tue, Mar 12, 5:00 P.M.

Dreamers of all ages are invited to discuss where we’ve been, where we want to go, and map out future road trips in the form of a collage.

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About

Serving the communities of Oxford Circle, Castor Gardens, Upper Northwood, Summerdale, and the Lower Northeast.

History

The Bushrod Branch owes its genesis to Philadelphia eye surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Bushrod Washington James. Dr. James acquired his skills as an eye surgeon as attending physician at the Northern Home for Friendless Children, and later went on to found the Bushrod Home. He helped thousands of poor children and adults at the Institute, treating many of them without being paid for his services. A pacifist, Dr. James served as a medic at the Battle of Antietam. After the Civil War, he crusaded for women's suffrage and wrote a book on the topic. He also wrote extensively on medicine and travel.

Dr. James died in 1903, leaving a will with specific instructions for the founding of the Bushrod library at his residence on Green Street near Logan Square. In 1948, the trustees received permission to transfer Dr. James' endowment to a new library that would be built in Northeast Philadelphia.

Known as Oxford Circle, the area served by the Bushrod branch was mostly farmland until the 1930's. Residential development began to take root after the opening of the Frankford Elevated and the Tacony Palmyra Bridge in the 1920's. By the time the library was built, Oxford Circle was a well-established residential community with two newly built elementary schools.

The Bushrod Branch opened its doors on October 25, 1950. It was the first newly constructed branch in the Free Library system since the completion of the Central Library in 1927. The library offered two floors with reading rooms for the public, and, in accordance with Dr. James' bequest, a special room devoted to use by children. Today, the Bushrod Room is used for story hours and other children's programming.

The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet service to every library.