West Oak Lane Library

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

Folk Art known as “Outsider Art” is the art of the people. It often reflects the interests, culture, and the forces that mold their lives. These 4 Saturday workshops we will highlight folk artists and their works. These workshops are open to children and adults; feel free to bring items that have meaning for you to add to your project. Participants will be invited to make their own “Folk Art” creation! Each workshop starts at Noon and ends at 3:00PM.

Sat. February 4th “Painters” | Sat. February 11th “Quilters”

Sat. February 18th “Found Art Objects” | Sat. February 25th  “Clay”

Pre-Registration is suggested. Call 215-685-2843 to register or email your name and contact information to: klemasi@freelibrary.org.

Closed Today

Sunday, 2/19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/20 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/21 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/22 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/23 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday has hour changes – Presidents' Day
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Feb. 20: Closed Presidents' Day
  • Thu., Mar. 16: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
  • Thu., Apr. 20: Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
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  • 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)


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Upcoming Events

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Tue, Feb 21, 12:00 P.M.

Seating is Limited; first come, first seated. Call the library for more details.

Computer Lab: Beginner Class

Tue, Feb 21, 3:00 P.M.

Seating is Limited; first come, first seated. Call the library for more details.

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Tue, Feb 21, 6:00 P.M.

Seating is Limited; first come, first seated. Call the library for more details.

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Wed, Feb 22, 10:00 A.M.

Seating is Limited; first come, first seated. Call the library for more details.

Preschool Storytime

Wed, Feb 22, 10:30 A.M.

Ages 0-5 Listen to stories, sing songs, do finger rhymes, and dance!

Teen Council

Wed, Feb 22, 3:00 P.M.

Teens, are you looking for a place to connect with friends and talk about the things that matter to you? Meet with us in the library the last…

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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.
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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.

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Bus Routes: 6, 16, 22, XH