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This magnificent building modeled after the Place de Concorde in Paris has an excellent and eclectic collection. If its medieval manuscripts you want or early American hornbooks, youll find it here.
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19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Logan Circle at 19th and Vine sts., Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are three significant reasons that lovers of all Victorian Literature must visit this museum! 1. Grip, the raven loved and owned by Charles Dickens, but hated by his wife and children (the bird always bit their ankles!) is preserved for view as part of...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

I’m a school librarian (nerd alert!) and I’m the daughter of an architect; this library combined two of my passions: libraries and architecture. I think our guide’s name was Linda — she did a fabulous job showing us around. It’s a gorgeous building and the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019

The architecture is stunning. So much history!! Hand written letters from Dickens and Poe on display. It's free and awesome!!!!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I went on a fantastic tour today of the rare book collection led by docent Bill L. The tour began at 11am on the 3rd floor. Bill was extremely knowledgeable having been the director of the collection 10 years ago. The collection...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank alank878
Reviewed June 27, 2019

Went to look up some old history on an ancestor and found the staff there more eager to help than I could have expected. Thanks so much for the help.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank allen94
Reviewed June 20, 2019

I love visiting historic libraries whenever I travel - this did not disappoint. It is a beautiful building. There are free tours of the rare book department at 11 am. You can see some of the area on your own but to see the library...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank iowakar
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

Amazing architecture, sweet area with old books, many floors specializing in different topics of publications. Not the largest library I've been to but this is a special place. Go I'd you have time or if you need a place to sit and think. Would be...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system that serves Philadelphia. It is the 13th-largest public library system in the United States. Before they used to charge membership fee to use the library, I am glad all the public library in the nation...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019

The Gutenberg Press changed the world. Books were/are precious resources of information. Fast-forward to our techno present which is accelerating change exponentially… even as you are reading this review…. Visit the Library before it becomes extinct…..specifically The Free Library of Philadelphia. Along the Museum corridor...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Maxx882
Reviewed March 13, 2019

no ticket is required as it is a free city library but if you are at Logan square you can go here also. rare books collection on the 3rd floor is worth a visit as it has cool items there alike Charles dickens crow ,Sumerian...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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