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For Scholars

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For Educators

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Upcoming Events


03may11:00 am12:00 pmLibrary Company History & Exhibitions TourTOUR

14may1:00 pm2:00 pmEconomies of Freedom and Bondage in the Caribbean

16may7:00 pm8:00 pmFIRESIDE CHAT: “Death Becomes Her: Asiatic Femininity and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement”Free

More upcoming events here.

A Special Message from our Board President

On February 1, 2024, Dr. Michael Barsanti resigned his position as the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia to pursue other opportunities.   We thank Dr. Barsanti for his service and wish him all the best.

On February 5, 2024, Dr. John C. Van Horne, Director Emeritus of the Library Company of Philadelphia began his tenure as interim director of the Library Company of Philadelphia.   We thank Dr. Van Horne for agreeing to resume his leadership role at the Library Company pending the completion of our search for a permanent director.

Applications for 2024–25 Research Fellowships have closed

Applications for research fellowships for the coming academic year have closed. We expect to notify applicants of the selection commitees’ decisions by mid-April.

The reading rooms are welcoming all readers!

For text materials (first-floor reading room), walk-ins are welcome and appointments are optional. Click here to learn more.

For visual materials (second-floor reading room), appointments are required. Click here to learn how to make an appointment.

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