Oak Lane Library

6614 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19126-3299
12th St. & Oak Lane
Open today 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7/14 Closed
Monday, 7/15 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 7/16 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/17 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. *
Thursday, 7/18 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 7/19 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 7/20 Closed
  • * Wednesday had hour changes – Due to serving as a Cooling Center for the declared Heat Health Emergency.
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 19 : Opening at 1:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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  • 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

Drop-in Tech Help: Mobile Devices

Fri, July 19, 2024 10:00 A.M.

Free tech help is available to adults who need basic-level assistance with their smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.  Learn how to find and download apps, manage your device's…

Crochet Club

Fri, July 19, 2024 3:15 P.M.

Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? Learn the basics of crochet with us or work on your own project.  Supplies and instruction will be provided.  This is a…

Kid's Art and Music Club

Mon, July 22, 2024 1:00 P.M.

Learn about our instrument of the week, and even try it out! Then, we will listen to music showcasing our star instrument while completing an art project.  For children, ages 4 and up. most…

Kids' Nutrition and Cooking Class

Mon, July 22, 2024 3:00 P.M.

Learn about the new, improved version of the food pyramid with eductators from Jefferson-Einstein.  We will explore nutritious foods and fun activities, including food tasting and…


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


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.