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

NEH Challenge Grant Chart

Upcoming Events

Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for our opening reception!
First Friday, February 2, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 pm

You liked it online, now see it in person!

The Library Company of Philadelphia is pleased to announce a pop-up exhibition opening February 2018. Since August 2015, social media curators Concetta Barbera and Arielle Middleman have created collections-based content for more than 700 original posts shared across four major social media platforms, and have garnered an online following of over 17,000 people and peer institutions. From gold-stamped publisher’s bindings to innovative GIFs featuring Library Company materials, #GiltyPleasures will be a showcase of social media’s greatest hits and curators’ favorites, as well as a chance to ‘like’ your favorite post in real life.

Library Company exhibitions are supported in part by:

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

6:00 pm: Lecture with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Hosted by the Program in African American History

Free for Shareholders

$10 for Non-Shareholders

Join us for our Black History Month Lecture, Medical Bondage. In her new book, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens moves between southern plantations and northern urban centers to reveal how nineteenth-century American ideas about race, health, and status influenced doctor-patient relationships in sites of healing like slave cabins, medical colleges, and hospitals. She retells the story of black enslaved women and Irish immigrant women from the perspective of these exploited groups and restores for us a picture of their lives.

Sex & the Civil War
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Sex and the Civil War

5:30 pm: Reception

6:00 pm: Lecture with Dr. Judith Giesberg, Professor of History at Villanova University

Free for Shareholders

$10 for Non-Shareholders

 During the Civil War, soldiers had access to a myriad of illicit materials including erotic fiction, cartes de visite, playing cards, and stereographs. But after the war, these materials raised sharp concerns among reformers and lawmakers, who launched campaigns to combat it. This lecture, with professor and author Dr. Judith Giesberg, takes a serious look at erotica in the nineteenth-century and will address the links between sex and the postwar attempts to redefine human relations.

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