Oak Lane Library

By Appointment services available - call to schedule

6614 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19126-3299
12th St. & Oak Lane
By Appointment Today
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Monday, 5/23 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 Closed
Wednesday, 5/25 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/26 Closed
Friday, 5/27 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Sunday had hour changes – This library is a Cooling Center today.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Closed
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
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Facilities

  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Computers for public use
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking (free)
  • Water fountain
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Storytime and Craft with Black Soul Vintage

Wed, June 1, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us for a three-week series of learning and creating for grades K-5.  Black Soul Vintage will lead these learning experiences centering on African-descendent history and literature for…

Pride Month Preschool Storytime

Fri, June 3, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join us on the front lawn for a Pride Month storytime! We will read stories about LGBTQ+ families, sing songs, and play with bubbles.  Program is best for ages 4 and up; siblings are welcome!

Summer of Wonder Kickoff!

Sat, June 18, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join us on the library's front lawn for our summer kickoff!  Featuring live music, puppets, and stories from local children's musicians, Two of a Kind. Enjoy snacks, take free used…

Preschool Storytime

Wed, June 22, 2022 10:30 P.M.

Join us on the front lawn for storytime, songs and bubbles! Best for children ages 3 to 5 years old, along with their caregivers.  Siblings are welcome too. Bring a blanket or borrow our…

About

Serving the community of Oak Lane, which is east of Broad Street at the city's northern border.

History

The neighborhood's earliest settlers arrived in 1697, when Griffith Miles and several Welsh families came to settle and farm. Miles built a log cabin in the vicinity of Old York Road and Haines Street. The area became known as Milestown in 1711.

After farming began to flourish, water power from streams was used to operate mills. The products of the mills were sold in the surrounding communities.

In 1761, Joseph Armitage built a school on the site of the present Ellwood School - a plot of land on the north side of Oak Lane, between 12th and 13th Streets. Subsequently, three larger schools were built on the site to accommodate the growing population. The name changed from the Armitage School to the Milestown School, and finally to the Ellwood School.

The name Oak Lane comes from a beloved, large oak tree that stood on the property of Hall W. Mercer, who lived on Martin's Mill Road. After the tree blew down during a storm in 1860, Mercer changed the name of the road to Oak Lane.

The Oak Lane Library was built in 1910-11 with the combined efforts of the Ladies Review Club of Oak Lane, the Library Association, and funding from Andrew Carnegie. During the Great Depression, a Friends of Oak Lane Library group formed in order to provide book funds until budgets were restored by City Council.

In 1958, the newly rehabilitated Oak Lane Branch held an open house, and a new "Friends" group formed, sponsoring lectures and purchasing materials. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet service to every library.