The Library Company welcomes visitors and researchers.

For the safety of all guests and staff, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masking are required of all guests. Upon entering the building, please provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test no older than 48 hours prior to the date of the visit. Proof will be accepted in the form of a your original vaccination card, a photo of it on your phone, or a photocopy of the original.

All guests are required to remain properly masked throughout their time at the Library Company.

The reading rooms are currently welcoming researchers by appointment:

For text materials (first-floor reading room), click here to learn how to make an appointment

For visual materials (second-floor reading room), click here to learn how to make an appointment.

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Upcoming Events

290th Annual Dinner


01dec7:00 pm8:00 pmBlack Musicians in our CollectionsMember Event

02dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic (Book Talk)Free & Virtual

06decAll Day290th Annual Dinner featuring Dr. Annette Gordon ReedIn-Person or Virtual

09dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Historians’ Methods and Philadelphia’s Nativist RiotsFree & Virtual

16dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The Origins of an Archive: Enslavers and the Geopolitics of Knowledge Production in an Age of AbolitionFree & Virtual


14jan5:30 pm7:00 pmThe Science of Abolition: How Slaveholders Became the Enemy of ProgressFree & Virtual

21jan5:30 pm7:00 pmThe Politics of Feeling in the Transatlantic Age of ReasonFree & Virtual

25jan7:00 pm8:00 pmHidden History with Kwasi AgyemangMember Event


08feb7:00 pm8:00 pmHistorical Happy Hour: A Pint with a PoetessMember Event

09feb5:30 pm7:00 pmVIRTUAL: American Freethinker: Elihu Palmer and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in the New Nation (Book Talk)Free & Virtual

15feb5:30 pm6:30 pmFIRESIDE CHAT: The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War (Book Talk)Free & Virtual

24feb5:30 pm7:00 pmIN-PERSON: Reading the Library Company’s Graphic Arts Collection: A Conversation with Librarian Emily GuthrieFree


08mar7:00 am8:00 amHistorical Happy Hour: Sippers, Suffrage & the Story of Lucy StoneMember Event

10mar5:30 pm7:00 pmCelebrate Women’s History Month: The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker and the People Who Have Studied ItFree & Virtual

15mar7:00 pm8:00 pmMary Putnam Jacobi: Advocate for Gender EqualityMember Event

25mar8:30 pm7:00 pmIN-PERSON: Collecting, Curating, and Consuming American Popular Graphic Arts Yesterday and TodayFree

2021 Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Monday, Jan 18, 2021
President’s Day – Monday, Feb 15, 2021
Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day – Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day – Monday, September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving-  Thursday & Friday – November 25 & 26, 2021
Christmas Day (observed) – Friday, December 24
Winter Break –  December 27, 2021 – January 3, 2022

For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email