Upcoming Events

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2017 Holiday Closings

Monday, September 4 Labor Day

Thursday–Friday, Nov 23-24 Thanksgiving

Monday-Friday, Dec 25-29 Christmas

Monday, January 1, 2018 New Year’s Day

Monday, January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Febrary 19, 2018 President’s Day

For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Clarissa Lowry, clowry@librarycompany.org.

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.

Holiday Closing: President’s Day
Feb 19 all-day

The Library Company of Philadelphia will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President’s Day. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Tour: Octavius Catto & Abolitionists
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Octavius Catto & Abolitionists

Thursday, February 22

2:30 pm


This tour will feature a look at the Library Company exhibition, #GiltyPleasures, and a special collection review, with African American History Specialist Jasmine Smith, focusing on Octavius Catto and other Philadelphia abolitionists.