Bringing the Library Company into the Classroom

Founded in 1731, the library that once served our founding fathers now serves the nation as an internationally renowned research center. Since the days of Benjamin Franklin, the collection has grown to more than half a million rare books, manuscripts, pamphlets, broadsides, prints, and photographs, making the Library Company one of the nation’s largest collections of printed and graphic materials relating to early American history. There are many ways that you can bring America’s first lending library into today’s classroom.

Upcoming Events for Educators

Snapshot of American Experience: Using Digital Collections in the Classroom
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Library Company of Philadelphia & The University of the Arts present:

Snapshot of American Experience: Using Digital Collections in the Classroom

This free workshop is for K-12 educators only. Space is extremely limited. To secure your reservation we are asking for a small deposit to be refunded on your arrival. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please let us know immediately so your spot can be given to someone else. 

In the 19th and early 20th century Marriott C. Morris, an amateur photographer from Philadelphia, documented the lives of his family and friends, paying particular attention to his Germantown neighborhood. The Library Company has partnered with the University of the Arts to bring together a day long workshop for teachers, exploring the Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.

Library Company Curator of Prints & Photographs, Sarah Weatherwax and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts, Jordan Rockford will teach workshop attendees the basic timeline of photographic history and how Morris’s work fits into that context. Participants will work with original materials as well as navigate through a publicly-accessible website devoted to the Morris collection. Using nearly 3,000 images, this workshop will familiarize teachers with how to incorporate historical visual primary source material into classroom instruction.

ACT 48 Credits Available

Parking and Lunch Provided

Image information: Marriott Canby Morris. [Parachute game] Boys’ Parlor Camp, Wildwood, NJ, July 1907, Photograph. Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.

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NEH Summer Seminar

The 2013 Summer Seminar for School Teachers participants with Richard S. Newman.

Participants develop their own research and curriculum ideas by using time outside the seminar to explore the Library Company’s vast resources.  Each participant, in consultation with the seminar director, develop a final project that can include a teaching unit, a research proposal, or a report to their colleagues at their home institutions about the seminar experience.

Online Exhibitions

Visitors in the Louis Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Gallery at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

The Library Company has made exhibitions available online since 1999. Each website portrays the unique vision and talent of our curators whether derived from our gallery exhibitions or born digital.

Library Catalog

Card catalog in the William H. Scheide Reading Room.

WolfPAC is the catalog of the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the gateway to the catalogs of several other area libraries.

Digital Collections

Concetta Barbera, Digital Outreach Librarian and Curatorial Assistant, scanning a book in the Library Company Digitization Department.

Our digital collections catalog, contains over 120 digital collections, including over 27,000 images, which continue to increase.

Subject Guides

Misc. books on shelf.

View our extensive list of subject guides to learn more about our collection strengths.