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Library Material Accessibility Announcement:

Due to a renovation project,
library material may be inaccessible from
November 20, 2015, to January 8, 2016

Additionally, the Logan Room gallery
will be closed during this period. 

The current exhibition, Fashioning Philadelphia,
will remain on view in the main exhibition gallery.

Please contact staff for more information.

Printed texts: 215-546-3181
Prints and photographs: 215- 546-8229



Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27, 2015

The Library Company of Philadelphia will be closed
December 24, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
Normal hours will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.

July 20, 2015 - March 4, 2016

Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9 am to 4:45 pm


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 foster scholarship in and increase public understanding of American history before 1900 by preserving, interpreting, making available, and augmenting the valuable materials in our care, thus providing meaningful stewardship of the legacy of founder Benjamin Franklin.




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