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.

Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM-Local Author Storytime with Shawn Fulton! Ages 3 and up with adult caregiver.

The Insectarium will be here on Wednesday 7/11 at 6:30pm! Ages 5 and up with adult caregiver.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 6/17 Closed
Monday, 6/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/20 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/21 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 6/22 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/23 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., Jun. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 3 : Closed Labor 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

Internet and Computer Basics III-Websearching

Tue, Jun 19, 10:30 A.M.

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

Cutting the Cord (on Cable TV)

Mon, Jun 25, 6:00 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.…

Local Author Storytime with Shawn Fulton

Wed, Jun 27, 6:30 P.M.

Local author Shawn Fulton will read her book and then talk about how this labor of love came about. Limited copies available for purchase or go to…

Insectarium

Wed, Jul 11, 6:30 P.M.

The very popular Insectarium will be bringing a variety of insects, some that you can pet and even taste! Generously paid for by The Friends of…

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…

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.