West Oak Lane Library

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

Open today 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 11/10 Closed
Monday, 11/11 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 11/12 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/13 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/14 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/15 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/16 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Veterans Day
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 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Thu., Dec. 19 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Thu., Jan. 16 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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Photo of West Oak Lane Library

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

Sip and Swipe - Using a Tablet, for Seniors

Wed, Nov 20, 11:00 A.M.

Do you have a digital tablet but aren't sure how to work it?  Bring it along (fully charged) and we'll help you get started. Call the…

Computer Lab: Job Search & Resume Help

Thu, Nov 21, 3:00 P.M.

We will be working on resume writing skills and job searching tips. It will be helpful to have some basic typing and computer…

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

Thu, Nov 21, 6:00 P.M.

Spoken word is a poetic performance art that is word-based.  It is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play, such as…

First Annual Talent Show

Tue, Nov 26, 4:30 P.M.

Got talent?  The stage is waiting for you! Do you act, sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument, tell jokes, or have any other special…

Sip and Swipe - Using a Tablet, for Seniors

Wed, Nov 27, 11:00 A.M.

Do you have a digital tablet but aren't sure how to work it?  Bring it along (fully charged) and we'll help you get started. Call the…

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.