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

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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. thelivingbook.librarycompany.org

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

Jul
25
Tue
2017
Book Club: On the Map
Jul 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Book Club: On the Map @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Book Club: On the Map




Join us as we explore the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human. In his book, Simon Garfield follows the history of maps from the early explorers’ accounts and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones. Conservator Alice Austin will lead the discussion on chapters one through eight from On the Map. There will also be a pop-up exhibition featuring some of the Library Company’s most fascinating maps. Light refreshments will be provided.

Aug
9
Wed
2017
Book Club & Author Talk: Literary Philadelphia
Aug 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Book Club & Author Talk: Literary Philadelphia @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

The Library Company welcomes author Thom Nickels to discuss his book. Literary Philadelphia maps the history of several talented and well-known writers from Philadelphia and the places they lived, spent time, and set their literary works. From Quaker novelist Charles Brockden Brown to 1973 U.S. poet laureate Daniel Hoffman, Nickels explores Philadelphia’s literary landscape. Please join us for this interesting author talk!

Aug
15
Tue
2017
African American Musicians Collection Tour
Aug 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
African American Musicians Collection Tour @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

African American Musicians Collection

Library Company Print & Photograph Department Curator, Sarah Weatherwax, and Associate Curator of Prints & Photographs, Erika Piola, will present special collection items highlighting the rich history of African American music in the late 19th century. Portraits, playbills, and programs providing a snapshot of the life and career of blind African American musician Thomas Wiggins, one of the most popular entertainers of the Victorian era will be on display. Visitors will also see a manuscript music book and published sheet music will illuminate the career of Frank Johnson, an African American musician from Philadelphia whose career included composing and performing music for audiences ranging from Queen Victoria’s court to the local black community.

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