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

Lecture by Candice Millard: James Garfield and the Destiny of the Republic
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lecture by Candice Millard: James Garfield and the Destiny of the Republic @ Science History Institute | Philadelphia | PA | US

Lecture by Candice Millard: James Garfield and the Destiny of the Republic

5th Annual Lecture in Honor of John C. Van Horne

Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

Wednesday, June 6

5:30pm Reception for Members, Shareholders, and Donors

6:45pm Lecture by Candice Millard

8:00pm Dinner with the Author*

July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot by a madman in a train station in Washington, D.C., setting off a cascade of events that would leave his country forever transformed. In her critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling book, Destiny of the Republic, Candice Millard reveals the extraordinary life and tragic death of a man who, had he lived, would have been one of our greatest presidents.

Candice Millard is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic. Her book Hero of the Empire was named Amazon’s number one history book of 2016.

If you are a Library Company Shareholder, Member, or Donor and intend on attending the reception and lecture, please RSVP for both.

*To purchase tickets to the Dinner with the Author, please contact Colleen Gill at or 215-546-3181.

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.

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