West Oak Lane Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Monday, August 23 – Message from Staff

Starting Monday, September 13 we have new hours. 

In Person Service: On Mondays - Thursdays, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. you are welcome to visit inside the branch to select books, use our computers and more. 

Materials Pickup (curb-side) will continue on Mondays - Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and Fridays, from 10:00 a.m until 4:30 p.m.

Please remember that there is currently a Masking Mandate in Philadelphia and everyone needs to mask up-regardless of your vaccination status.  It's a good idea to continue to maintain physical distancing while in the library.

We look forward to seeing you!

2000 E Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138-1344
74th Ave & Washington Lane
Open today 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
View all holiday closings

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

Upcoming Events

Hip and Knee Pain

Thu, September 30, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Dr. Vakil, of Premier Orthopaedics, will be with us to talk about hip and knee pain.  Bring your questions.  We will be meeting in person in our meeting room and space is very…

It's Halloween All Month: Pumpkin Painting

Thu, October 7, 2021 4:00 P.M.

We'll be celebrating Halloween all month long with fun events.  Today we will be painting pumpkins.  This program will take place inside the library and space is very limited.

It's Halloween All Month: Escape Room

Thu, October 14, 2021 4:00 P.M.

We'll be celebrating Halloween all month long with fun events.  Today we will try to solve clues to try and escape our meeting room.  This program will take place inside the library…

It's Halloween All Month: Time for a Party

Thu, October 28, 2021 4:00 P.M.

We'll be celebrating Halloween all month long with fun events.  Today we will will have a party!  This program will take place inside the library and space is very limited.

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.