Greater Olney Library
Our library is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm! Come in to check out materials, use the computer, play games, and say hello!
|Tuesday, 5/30||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, 5/31||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, 6/1||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Friday, 6/2||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, 6/3||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
- * Monday has hour changes – Memorial Day
|Monday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10:00 a.m. – 6:00 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.|
- Thu., Jun. 8 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
- Mon., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
- Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
- Thu., Jul. 13 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
Services By Appointment
- Book Drop
- Materials / Holds Pick Up
- Reference Services
Juneteenth: Flagmaking 365
Join artist and educator, Jihan Thomas, to make your own flag celebrating Juneteeth! We cannot accommodate groups at this time; please call to schedule an appointment.
Interactive Circus Workshop
Want to join the circus? Join us for this workshop and learn how to juggle, balance feathers, spin lassos and more! All school age children are welcome to attend.
Summer Reading Kickoff BINGO
Sign up for Summer Reading! Play bingo and win books!! For children 7 and older. We cannot accommodate groups at this time.
Call Me By My Name Party
Self-determination and positive affirmations are the themes of this program! Join Mama Carla for stories and the creation of a name plaque with the meaning of a person's name. For ages…
Located in the 5th street shopping district, one block south of Olney Avenue. We serve the diverse Olney community with materials in many languages.
The Olney community derives its name from the home of Alexander Wilson, which stood from 1840 to 1924 east of Rising Sun Avenue overlooking Tacony Creek. Wilson chose the name "Olney" for his home because he admired the poet Cowper of Olney, England, composer of the famous Olney Hymns of the Methodist Church.
City maps of 1847 show the town of Olney consisting of three main roads and a community of farms. The main highways were the Kensington-Oxford Turnpike (now Rising Sun Avenue), Olney Road (now Tabor Road) and Clinton Street (now Mascher Street). The modern name for Tabor Road comes from the Tabor rail station, opened in 1873 to serve the Jewish Hospital.
The idea of public libraries in Olney began before 1860. A free library existed as a one-story stone building built circa 1858 at what is now Lima and B Street. The building was never quite completed and was abandoned after a few years of decay.
In 1876, another free library was established a short distance above what is now 5318 Rising Sun Avenue. It was used by residents of Unionville, Crescentville, Cedar Grove and Olney. (This might be the source for the Greater portion of the Greater Olney name.) That library survived for about 25 years.
The Kiwanis Club and the Olney Community Council began working together in 1945 to develop a branch library. These efforts came to fruition when the Greater Olney Branch opened in the former Olney Bank and Trust Company building on October 1949 at 5th Street and Tabor Road. The library was renovated in 1997 as part of the Free Library's "Changing Lives" campaign.