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Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5679
+1 215-546-3181
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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
gailrs
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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
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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Oct 2, 2017
“If You Are A Book-lover, You Are In For A treat”
Jul 30, 2017
“A true hidden gem for researchers and thos who appreciate arcane printing ephemera,”
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1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5679
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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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