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, 8/14 Closed
Monday, 8/15 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/16 Closed
Wednesday, 8/17 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/18 Closed
Closed *
Friday, 8/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/20 Closed
  • * Thursday has hour changes – due to staff development
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

  • Thu., Aug. 18 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 15 : Opening at 2:00 PM due to staff development
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People 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

Preschool Storytime

Wed, August 17, 2022 10:30 A.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…

Friday at the Movies

Fri, August 19, 2022 2:30 P.M.

Enjoy film screenings, for teens and adults, in our basement community room.  Movies will range from PG to RG13.  Stop in and see what's playing this week. We will be showing…

Board Game Afternoon

Fri, August 19, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Play a new board game or puzzle each week, in the children's department.  Best for ages 6 through 12 years old. Fridays from June 24 through August 19.

End-of-Summer Party!

Sat, August 20, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Help us wrap up summer with prizes for those who participated in summer reading - brand new books, t-shirts, and more!  Enjoy live music for families with Weez the Peeples.  Snacks…


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.