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Library Company of Philadelphia

Address: 1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)
Phone Number: +1 215 546 3181
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Ranked #126 of 253 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Owner description: The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War. The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials in our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and internationally, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I am a resident of Philadelphia and did not know about this library. This is not a library that loans books nor does it have computers (you can't use personal laptop). This is a library for research only. I visited the small exhibit on African American history. I enjoyed the exhibit because they had historical books and documents that were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

But there is a changing roster of exhibits inside this cultural institution and research library that may be the oldest in the US.The current show on ephemera-is worth seeing- some childrne's toys, other paper products, evocative of their time- long ago! Restroom and they prefer that you put your bag in a free locker. Free. M-F check to be sure... More 

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