The West Oak Lane Library is temporarily closed.

West Oak Lane Library

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

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Upcoming Events

CANCELLED - Free Tax Help from AARP

Wed, Apr 8, 10:00 A.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Do you need help with your taxes? AARP volunteers will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to offer free, in-person tax preparation…

CANCELLED - Podcasting and Vlogging 101

Wed, Apr 8, 4:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Learn how to create audio and video content for podcasting and vlogging.  We will offer step-by-step instruction on using equipment, creating…

CANCELLED - Building Club

Sat, Apr 11, 2:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Do you love to build things using LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, Magna-Tiles or other tools?  Build with us! You can work from blueprints, books,…

CANCELLED - Podcasting and Vlogging 101

Wed, Apr 15, 4:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Learn how to create audio and video content for podcasting and vlogging.  We will offer step-by-step instruction on using equipment, creating…

CANCELLED - Green Thumbs in Your Library

Sat, Apr 18, 11:00 A.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Gather your family for a workshop series where you'll learn basic gardening skills, plant-based cooking, and how to make healthy food…

CANCELLED - Podcasting and Vlogging 101

Wed, Apr 22, 4:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Learn how to create audio and video content for podcasting and vlogging.  We will offer step-by-step instruction on using equipment, creating…

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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.