William H. Scheide Reading Room

The Library Company of Philadelphia is open free of charge to anyone who can benefit from the use of material in our collections. Researchers may work in the Library Company’s William H. Scheide Reading Room without an appointment, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. The staff provides access to books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, and broadsides. The Library Company’s Print Department has a separate reading room for access to prints, photographs, and other visual materials, and prefers that researchers schedule appointments. The Library Company’s manuscripts are on deposit at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Members of the Reading Room staff all have special training and curatorial responsibility for aspects of the collection, and are invaluable resources for the thousands of readers who visit the Library Company annually.