Due to COVID-19 the Library Company of Philadelphia will be closed to the public until further notice, with limited rights and reproduction services and research appointments for LCP fellows available. We will follow guidance from state and local health officials about when to reopen. Please check this site and follow our social media feeds for details. In the meantime, please explore our digital resources and online learning community.

Upcoming Events

5:30 pm
Three Sessions: Wednesdays October 21, November 4 & November 18 5:30-7:00 p.m. est This seminar will consider the innovative contributions of John Dickinson to the creation of the United States Constitution through his work on[...]
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Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 27th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET via Zoom Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections is a round table discussion between Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at[...]
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7:00 pm
Glenda Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania Register Here
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7:00 pm
Jordan Alexander Stein, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Fordham University Register Here
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7:00 pm
  This Fireside Chat is based on a collaboration between the Visual Culture Program and Dr. Pauwels Art & Spectacle in the 19th-Century United States class. The seminar explored spectacle and the historical construction of vision as founding[...]
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5:00 pm
During quarantine, Jennifer Rosner, Chief of Conservation, completed a research project on the Joseph T. Altemus bindery in Philadelphia.  There were a few detours along the way, and she will tell us about a trip[...]
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7:00 pm
  This Fireside Chat is based on a collaboration between the Visual Culture Program and Dr. Pauwels Art & Spectacle in the 19th-Century United States class. The seminar explored spectacle and the historical construction of vision as founding[...]
Zoom
1:30 pm
Philadelphia at the Table: Sleuthing the Paper Trails of Culinary History in Library Company Collections and Regional Archives with Dr. William Woys Weaver Monday, November 23 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST Dr. William Woys Weaver is an[...]
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5:00 pm
Thursday, December 3rd 5:00-6:30 p.m. est Drawing on period texts and illustrations (travelogues, almanacs, journals, advertisements) promoting coal, this talk will consider how contemporary audiences came to understand this fossil fuel in three ways: through[...]
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12:00 pm
Co-Hosted with the Philadelphia Club     From 1985 to 2014, John Van Horne served as Director of the Library Company. From the time the first shipload of books arrived from London in 1732 through the[...]
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5:00 pm
Attendance at this event is reserved for donors to the Junto Campaign or those members who are part of our Phillis Wheatley membership and above. To donate to the campaign, please visit https://librarycompany.org/development/development-donate-form/ and select[...]
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7:00 pm
Emily Pawley, Associate Professor of History, Dickinson College Register
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7:00 pm
Peter Mabli, Project Director of Online Programs, American Social History Productions, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York Register
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5:00 pm
Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Club Join us for a talk about the history of the Library Company’s horological collections featuring historian, lawyer and collector Jay Robert Stiefel, with an introduction by Linda August, Curator of[...]
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7:00 pm
John Smolenski, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis Register
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7:00 pm
Emily Casey, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Register
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7:00 pm
Danielle Skeehan, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory Register
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5:00 pm
Supported, in part, by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Join Jasmine Smith, our African American History Specialist and Reference Librarian for a live collection review featuring items from our first ever Mellon Scholars on-line exhibition,[...]
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7:00 pm
David Head, Associate Lecturer, Department of History, University of Central Florida Register
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5:30 pm
Wednesday, February 17 5:30-7 p.m. EST Click Here to Register A conversation with Sharon Block (UC Irvine), Sasha Turner (Johns Hopkins), and Jessica Marie Johnson, author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in[...]
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7:00 pm
Derrick R. Spires, Associate Professor of English, Cornell University Register
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7:00 pm
Agnès Trouillet, Associate Professor in Political, Economic, Social, Cultural History of the British Isles, Université Paris X Nanterre Register
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5:00 pm
Supported by the Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History According to suffragist Susan B. Anthony, bicycling “did more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Temperance activist Frances Willard learned to ride[...]
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7:00 pm
Adam Gordon, Associate Professor of English, Whitman College Register
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Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Bob Frishmen, Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Sponsored by the Visual Culture Program Register
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7:00 pm
Michele Navakas, Associate Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio Register
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2020 Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Monday, Jan 20, 2020
President’s Day – Monday, Feb 17, 2020
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day – Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2020
Thanksgiving-  Thursday & Friday – November 26 & 27, 2020
Holiday Closing –  Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 – Friday, Jan 1, 2021

For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Dayjah Brock, dbrock@librarycompany.org.