West Oak Lane Library

2000 E Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138-1344
(74th Ave & Washington Lane)
215-685-2843

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Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 28 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jun. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Thu., Jul. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Aug. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Facilities

  • Book drop box
  • Computer lab
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Meeting space (reservation required)
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Parking lot
  • Street parking (free)
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain

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Upcoming Events

Rainbow Slime | Introducing Children to Symbols of Pride

Tue, Jun 5, 4:00 P.M.

Kids love slime!  In a safe space, explore the vocabulary of LGBTQ+ pride and the symbolism of hte rainbow flag.

Hip Hop for Tweens & Teens

Tue, Jun 12, 4:00 P.M.

Be prepared to move!  Our dance instructor is Miss Ashley.

Chat-n-Chew Book Club

Tue, Jun 12, 6:00 P.M.

Do you love to read?  Do you like to talk?  If you do, please consider joining the West Oak Lane Library's book group. We will meet…

Preschool & Toddler Storytime

Wed, Jun 13, 10:30 A.M.

Bring the little ones and hear stories, songs, and move around...

Building

Fri, Jun 15, 2:00 P.M.

We will have wooden blocks, LEGOs and Lincoln logs available to play with.

Movie Mondays

Mon, Jun 18, 2:00 P.M.

Each week we'll be showing a different children's movie (rated G or PG).  

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About

Located at the intersection of 74th Avenue, Washington Lane, and Limekiln Pike, the West Oak Lane Branch serves West Oak Lane and parts of Cedarbrook, Ivy Hill, and East Mt. Airy.
Find us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/WOLLibrary to see our programs and activities!

History

Before 1854, when the area became incorporated into the city of Philadelphia, the future neighborhood of West Oak Lane was made up of settlements called Pleasantville, Cedar Park and Pittville. As the region was mostly farmland in the 19th century, they were not really towns, just crossroads or a few acres of cleared land.

It is reported that a realtor began calling this collection of settlements West Oak Lane to distinguish it from Oak Lane, which occupied the area east of Old York Road and Broad Street. The area was officially named West Oak Lane in 1925, when real estate development began in earnest.

Limekiln Pike takes its name from the limestone quarries in Montgomery County, the road's original terminus. This old road, running north-south through the West Oak Lane community, was a toll road from 1735 to 1903. One of the toll gatehouses still stands.

A block away, Ogontz Avenue is named for Chief Ogontz, a Native American who entertained Civil War financier Jay Cooke when Cooke was a boy at his family's home in Sandusky Ohio. In 1865, Cooke named his Oak Lane mansion for Chief Ogontz.

The West Oak Lane Branch first opened to the public on August 26, 1957. 2,000 people visited the library during the first hour it was open. In 1980, disaster struck, and the West Oak Lane Branch was almost totally destroyed by fire. After reconstruction, it re-opened in 1985. The library was renovated in 2000 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which brought Internet access to every branch.

Look for sculptures of abstract mask forms in the picture book area. Artist Charles Searles created them, reflecting his American, African and Native American heritage.