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

The Living Book: New Perspectives on Form and Function. Library Company of Philadelphia Exhibition Poster. (2017). Exhibition on view May 9, 2017 - Janauary 5, 2018.

Current Campaign

The Library Company of Philadelphia announces its Final Year of the NEH Challenge Grant Help us Endow the Program in African American History! In 2013, the Library Company launched a $2 million campaign to endow the Program in African American History (PAAH) in support of acquisitions, staff support, fellowships and public programs. Click iamge to LEARN MORE...

Upcoming Events


Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Spiritualism Collections Tour
Dec 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Spiritualism Collections Tour @ Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Spiritualism Collections Tour

2:30 pm

Curator of Women’s History Cornelia King will show material in the Library Company’s collections related to Spiritualism, one of the most sensational religious movements in the 19th century. Beginning in spring 1848, Margaret and Kate Fox were among the earliest practitioners when they started hearing “mysterious” noises at night. Soon millions of Americans believed that it was possible to communicate with spirits of the dead. The Fox sisters in particular gained fame and fortune as celebrity mediums. Massive hoax or not, Spiritualism empowered many women and generally promoted hope for a better world grounded in harmony with the universe.

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