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:

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

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Upcoming Events


27sep5:30 pm8:00 pmThe Rev. Thomas Bray and His Associates: Patrons of Libraries and Black Education in Early Philadelphia

30sep7:00 pm8:00 pmVIRTUAL: To Her Credit: Women, Finance, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century New England Cities (Book Talk)


07oct6:00 pm7:30 pmVIRTUAL: A Commemoration of William Still's Courageous Life

13oct5:30 pm7:00 pmVIRTUAL: Photography and the Contaminated Atmosphere: Representation and Materiality in the Industrial Landscape

14oct5:30 am7:00 amFitz-Greene Halleck: The Most Famous Gay Poet You’ve Never Heard Of

21oct5:30 pm6:30 pmVIRTUAL: Making the Invisible Visible: Reimagining Scientific Discovery

26oct7:00 pm8:00 pmGory and Graphic: Sensational and Disaster Imagery from the Graphic Arts Department

28oct7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America (Book Talk)


04nov7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1870 (Book Talk)

08nov7:00 pm8:00 pmWe ❤ Bindings

11nov7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865 (Book Talk)

16nov7:30 pm9:00 pmThe Black Journey Walking Tour — A Virtual Journey


01dec7:00 pm8:00 pmBlack Musicians in our Collections

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

06decAll Day290th Annual Dinner featuring Dr. Annette Gordon Reed

09dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Historians’ Methods and Philadelphia’s Nativist Riots

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


25jan7:00 pm8:00 pmHidden History with Kwasi Agyemang


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

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

15feb5:30 pm6:30 pmVIRTUAL: The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War (Book Talk)

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


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

15mar7:00 pm8:00 pmMary Putnam Jacobi: Advocate for Gender Equality

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


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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