West Oak Lane Library

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

Philly CAM, in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, announces a new free workshop series, the People’s Media Collection.

Philly Cam will walk participants through how to film, edit, and share videos using tablets and smartphones. Some skills you'll walk away with include: framing shots, interviewing people, basic film editing, adding effects to videos and sharing your videos online.

Philly Cam will help you and your group create "media minutes," snapshots of what your group does, or what is going on in your community. Feel free to bring your own digital images and videos!  We can work with groups of up to 15 people, ages 8 and up.

The videos that you create will become a part of an online digital collection called the People's Media Collection. The goal is to create an archive of locally produced content that will be a source of history and inspiration for the people of Philadelphia!

For more information visit www.peoplesmediacollection.org or email peoplesmediacollection@phillycam.org

We are now open Monday through Friday.

Closed Today

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

  • Thu., Aug. 17 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Thu., Sep. 21 : Opening at 2:00 PM Due to staff development.
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Thu., Oct. 19 : 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)
  • Baby changing station
  • Bicycle rack
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Parking lot
  • Street parking (free)
  • Study rooms
  • Water fountain


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Upcoming Events

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Mon, Jul 24, 10:00 A.M.

Work on a project or enjoy some quiet time to practice.  Our Digital Resources Specialist will be available to assist. Seating is limited;…

Movie Mondays

Mon, Jul 24, 1:30 P.M.

Each week we'll show a different family movie (rated G or PG).  Younger siblings are welcome to join us, if they can sit through the…

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Mon, Jul 24, 3:00 P.M.

Work on a project or enjoy some quiet time to practice.  Our Digital Resources Specialist will be available to assist. Seating is limited;…

Computer Lab: Job Search & Resume Help

Tue, Jul 25, 12:00 P.M.

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

Computer Lab: Open Lab

Tue, Jul 25, 2:00 P.M.

Work on a project or enjoy some quiet time to practice.  Our Digital Resources Specialist will be available to assist. Seating is limited;…

Drawing and Painting

Tue, Jul 25, 4:00 P.M.

Learn drawing and painting skills from one of the best artists in the library!  Each session will focus on a different activity.  We'll…

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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.