Bustleton Library

10199 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116-3718
(Verree Rd. & Bustleton Ave.)
215-685-0472

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 3/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 3/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Wednesday, 3/22 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
Thursday, 3/23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 3/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes – Due to water shutoff.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Neighborhood Utility Emergency
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 14 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16 : Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
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Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Parking lot
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

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Upcoming Events

Sunday Literacy Program

Sun, Mar 26, 1:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers…

Cutting the Cord (on Cable TV)

Mon, Mar 27, 6:30 P.M.

Discover TV and movies beyond cable.  Learn about different services and devices that can help you finally cut the cord with cable TV.…

Internet Basics

Tue, Mar 28, 10:30 A.M.

Learn how to effectively and safely search the Internet.  Some basic computer skills are helpful.  Space is limited; pre-registration is…

Sunday Literacy Program

Sun, Apr 2, 1:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to pilot a new Sunday Literacy program at eleven of our neighborhood libraries. This program offers…

E-book Workshop

Mon, Apr 3, 6:30 P.M.

Learn how easy it is to start enjoying E-books!  Bring your dedicated e-reader and learn how to access, and start downloading free E-books…

Microsoft Word 101

Tue, Apr 4, 10:30 A.M.

We will offer an introduction to Microsoft's popular word processing program - Word 2010.  Some basic computer skills will be helpful.…

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About

Located by George Washington High School, the Bustleton Branch serves the 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.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes: 16, 58, 67