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Library Company of Philadelphia

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If You Are A Book-lover, You Are In For A treat

By happenstance, we recently discovered this hidden gem. The building is unassuming, but a sign... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2017
Cape May, New Jersey
A true hidden gem for researchers and thos who appreciate arcane printing ephemera,

We have lived in Philadelphia over 70 years and this was the first time that we visited this... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2017
Bruce S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Jul 17, 2018
“Make an appointment in advance or you won't get in!”
Oct 2, 2017
“If You Are A Book-lover, You Are In For A treat”
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...more
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1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5679
City Center East
+1 215-546-3181
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

When planning for my recent trip to Philadelphia, I was excited to learn about this library founded by Benjamin Franklin. Their website showed many areas of interest to me, most of which were said to be "available to the general public". So I set aside...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Therese H
Reviewed October 2, 2017

By happenstance, we recently discovered this hidden gem. The building is unassuming, but a sign outside caught our attention. Aside from registering at the main desk, the exhibits are free for the public to browse (Monday through Friday). Their current exhibit, "The Living Book- New...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 30, 2017

We have lived in Philadelphia over 70 years and this was the first time that we visited this museum. Specializing in printed matter from the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries the library neither lends books nor provides automatic admission to its stacks. Mainly for researcher, admission...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Bruce S
Reviewed November 9, 2015

Until next spring, the library company has an excellent exhibit on the history of fashion in Philadelphia. It's well curated, has stories about manufacturing and textiles as well as prints and books.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed July 27, 2015

Someone I met at a garden party works here, and I thought I'd take a look before my flight out... Sure glad I did! This is the library that Ben Franklin started for the Junto, and it's become a big deal in Philadelphia over the...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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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...More

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank CameronAvant
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...More

Date of experience: June 2013
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