Bustleton Library

10199 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116-3718
Verree Rd. & Bustleton Ave.
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/19 Closed
Monday, 5/20 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/21 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/23 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/25 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jun. 20 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence 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)

Upcoming Events

Family Storytime

Tue, May 28, 2024 11:00 A.M.

On Tuesdays at 11 AM, we will have a family storytime. Bring your babies, toddlers, and older siblings for stories, songs, and play!   

PA CareerLinkĀ® Job Search Assistance

Wed, May 29, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Meet with a Community Workforce Connector from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for one-on-one job search assistance. Get individualized support with résumé development, career…

Vogue 101 with Legendary Jahad Martin

Wed, May 29, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Learn to vogue during our special Pride month meetup! Jahad will perform the elements of vogue followed by a brief Q & A about Philly's vogue scene and history! Youth of all identities are…

Family Storytime

Tue, June 4, 2024 11:00 A.M.

On Tuesdays at 11 AM, we will have a family storytime. Bring your babies, toddlers, and older siblings for stories, songs, and play!   

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.