During the Democratic National Convention (July 22-28), the Library Company will be one of seven Philadelphia sites to host special events and exhibitions for delegates and visitors. Watch our website for more information about our exhibition and extended evening and weekend hours.
Notice to researchers: During this time, the main Reading Room will be closed, but we will make every effort to serve researchers in temporary reading rooms nearby. Please contact us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can best accommodate your research needs.
April 4 - October 21, 2016
Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Major support for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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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