The Library Company of Philadelphia will open at 10AM on June 20, 2018.


The front facade of The Library Company of Philadelphia at 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA.


A photo of the Library Company of Philadelphia first floor Reading Room filled with researchers.


Group of well-dressed women posed before a large gate.

For Scholars

A researcher using the Library Company of Philadelphia collections in the first floor Reading Room.

For Educators

The 2013 Summer Seminar for School Teachers participants with Richard S. Newman.

Current Exhibition

Birch Exhibition Poster

Current Campaign

NEH Challenge Home Graphic, link to web page.

Upcoming Events

Juneteenth Freedom Seminar
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Juneteenth Freedom Seminar @ The Trinity Center for Urban Life | Philadelphia | PA | US

Juneteenth Freedom Seminar

Black Liberation Past and Present

Thursday, June 21 


Celebrate with the Library Company as we commemorate Juneteenth and the successful completion of our Light and Liberty Campaign to endow the Program in African American History. This year, Juneteenth will feature a presentation by Dr. Michael Dickinson, Assistant Professor of African American History at Virginia Commonwealth University and performances by singer and songwriter, Keisha Hutchins, and Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, Husnaa Hashim. A panel discussion will follow.

William Birch Walking Tour
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
William Birch Walking Tour @ Congress Hall | Philadelphia | PA | US

William Birch Walking Tour

Saturday, June 16

10:00 am 

Join us as we bring Birch’s Views to life! Enjoy a two-mile, two-hour tour of Birch’s Views in Philadelphia’s Historic District! On this tour, you will encounter Congress Hall, the State House (now Independence Hall), the back of the State House, and Pennsylvania Hospital! You will also learn about scenes depicted in Birch’s Views that display buildings that are no longer standing, such as the Alms House, New Theatre, and Surgeons Hall; places that, today, can only be seen through the eyes of William Birch. The Walking Tour will begin at 10:00 am. This tour will depart from Congress Hall, and will conclude outside of LCP.

This tour is free for Library Company Members or Pay-What-You-Wish with a suggested donation of $10 and a minimum of $1.

William Birch Bicycle Tour
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
William Birch Bicycle Tour @ Boathouse Row | Philadelphia | PA | US

William Birch Bicycle Tour

Saturday, September 15

10:00 am 

Join us on a special bicycle tour as we bring to life Birch’s Country Seats! For one day, and one day only, enjoy a leisurely, informative, and exciting tour wherein you will cycle to, and learn more, select sites featured in Birch’s Country Seats such as two of Birch’s houses -Woodlands and Solitude- in addition to the sites of demolished houses such as Echo, Lansdowne, Belmont, Prospect Lodge, Mendenhall, and nearby extant houses not pictured by Birch such as Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Mount Pleasant, and Woodford. The tour will begin at 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The tour will leave promptly at 10 o’ clock AM. Please arrive ten minutes prior to the departure time. Bikes will not be provided by the Library Company of Philadelphia. If you do not have a bicycle, we recommend renting a bike from Indego, or Wheel Fun Rentals Please bring water, and please wear a helmet! Your tour guide will be standing directly outside Wheel Fun Rentals.

This tour is free for Library Company Members or Pay-What-You-Wish with a suggested donation of $10 and a minimum of $1.

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