Bustleton Library

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

Open today 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/11 Closed
Monday, 11/12 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/14 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 11/16 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/17 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day (Observed)
  • * 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., Nov. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 20 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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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 Searching

Mon, Nov 19, 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, Nov 20, 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…

Google Search

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

Students will learn how to conduct Google searches and learn basic attributes of search engines. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

Google Search

Tue, Nov 27, 10:30 A.M.

Students will learn how to conduct Google searches and learn basic attributes of search engines. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to…

CareerLink

Fri, Nov 30, 10:30 A.M.

Looking for a job? Or a better one? Stop in to see CareerLink! Browse jobs and apply. 10:30 AM-12PM

Email

Mon, Dec 3, 6:00 P.M.

Participants will learn how to send and receive emails. Please call (215-685-0472) or visit branch to sign-up.

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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.