Bustleton Library

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

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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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Mar. 30 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 1 : Closed Easter
  • Wed., Apr. 18 : Closed Professional Development Staff Meeting
  • Thu., Apr. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., May. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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

Internet and Computer Basics III-Websearching

Tue, Mar 20, 10:30 A.M.

Learn how to effectively and safely search the Internet.  Some basic computer skills are helpful. Participant should have attended…

Life in Space

Wed, Mar 21, 4:30 P.M.

It’s time for Liftoff!! Embark on a trip to space with the Franklin Institute. Explore the scientific and engineering challenges of getting…

CareerLink Workshop

Fri, Mar 23, 10:30 A.M.

  Build Your Job Skills, Find a Career! Sign up with a certified PA CareerLink Navigator to develop your resume, search for jobs, learn about…

Internet and Computer Basics I-Mouse and Keyboard

Mon, Mar 26, 6:00 P.M.

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

Microsoft Word 101

Tue, Mar 27, 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.…

Internet and Computer Basics II-Email

Mon, Apr 2, 6:00 P.M.

Learn how to effectively and safely search the Internet.  Some basic computer skills are helpful. Participant should have attended…

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Located by George Washington High School, the Bustleton Branch serves the neighborhoods of Bustleton and Somerton.


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.