The Library Company welcomes visitors and researchers.

All guests are encouraged 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.

For information about Rights and Reproduction services, follow this link.

Follow us on social media and explore our digital resources and online learning community.

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 2022:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Jan 17, 2022
President’s Day – Feb 21, 2022
Memorial Day – May 30, 2022
Juneteenth – June 20, 2022
Independence Day – July 4, 2022
Labor Day – September 5, 2022
Thanksgiving-  November 24 & 25, 2022
Christmas Day (observed) – December 23, 2022
Winter Break –  December 26, 2022 – January 2, 2023

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.