Bustleton Library

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

The Free Library's Summer Hours begin this week.  We are now open Monday through Friday. Fall hours begin September 22.

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 8/12 Closed
Monday, 8/13 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/14 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/15 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 8/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/18 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – Due to staff development.
Sunday Closed
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 Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Aug. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 8 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Photo of Bustleton Library

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

Zoo on Wheels – Around the World Safari

Wed, Aug 15, 6:30 P.M.

Enjoy the Philadelphia Zoo, right in your community. Intended for children ages 3-8 and their families, Zoo on Wheels emphasizes the importance of…

Mouse and Keyboard

Mon, Sep 17, 6:00 P.M.

Students will learn basic computer skills and increase their confidence using a mouse and keyboard. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

Mouse and Keyboard

Tue, Sep 18, 10:30 A.M.

Students will learn basic computer skills and increase their confidence using a mouse and keyboard. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

Internet Searching

Mon, Sep 24, 6:00 P.M.

Students will be introduced to the internet and learn how to safely and effectively search the web. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

Internet Searching

Tue, Sep 25, 10:30 A.M.

Students will be introduced to the internet and learn how to safely and effectively search the web. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

A - Z MAGIC

Wed, Sep 26, 6:30 P.M.

Join us for a family magic program with A 2 Z Magic! Children ages 12 and under require an adult caregiver present. Sponsored by the Friends of…

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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.