Oak Lane Library

6614 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19126-3299
(12th St. & Oak Lane)
215-685-2848

Starting September 21, we will also be open on Saturdays.  Stop in from 11 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/15 Closed
Monday, 9/16 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/17 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/18 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/19 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Friday, 9/20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9/21 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * 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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Photo of Oak Lane Library

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)

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Upcoming Events

Downton Abbey Tea

Wed, Sep 18, 4:00 P.M.

In anticipation of the Downton Abbey movie premier, please save the date for a simple afternoon tea.  Learn the history and etiquette of a…

Tai Chi for Adults with Darrell Bryant

Thu, Sep 19, 1:30 P.M.

A healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day: Tai Chi for Adults with Darrel Bryant, instructor.

Tai Chi for Adults with Darrell Bryant

Thu, Sep 26, 1:30 P.M.

A healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day: Tai Chi for Adults with Darrel Bryant, instructor.

New Voting Machine Demonstration

Sat, Sep 28, 12:00 P.M.

Philadelphia has a new voting system which we will use in the November 2019 General Election. The new machines will allow voters to securely mark…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Wed, Oct 2, 6:00 P.M.

Join us as we discuss Old in Art School:  A Memoir fo Starting Over, by Nell Painter.  Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of…

Tai Chi for Adults with Darrell Bryant

Thu, Oct 3, 1:30 P.M.

A healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day: Tai Chi for Adults with Darrel Bryant, instructor.

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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.