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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Note: The Library Company of Philadelphia will open at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2023.

The Library Company follows the policy of the School District of Philadelphia for all weather related closings and delayed openings. Please continue to check our website for current information.


The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2023:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Jan 16, 2023
President’s Day – Feb 20, 2023
Memorial Day – May 29, 2023
Juneteenth – June 19, 2023
Independence Day – July 4, 2023
Labor Day – September 4, 2023
Thanksgiving-  November 23 & 24, 2023
Christmas Day – December 25, 2022
Winter Break –  December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Contact Information

General Information & Scheide Reading Room: (215) 546-3181 or

Graphic Arts Department: (215) 546-3181 or

Fax: (215) 546-5167


Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

We are located on Locust Street, between Broad Street and 13th Street in Center City Philadelphia, a few blocks from City Hall and one block east of the Academy of Music. There are several parking lots nearby.

Philadelphia is easily accessible by plane, train, or automobile. Amtrak service is frequent on the Northeast Corridor line between Washington and Boston. Most major airlines serve Philadelphia International AirportSEPTA commuter trains, various limousine services, and taxis provide quick transportation from the airport to Center City or University City.