A special message from the Free Library
Updated August 23, 2021
Dear Free Library community,
The Free Library is committed to sharing up-to-date information on our plans as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic. We have returned to in-person services at most of our libraries, with five days of service at some locations, and are currently hiring to fully and safely staff our buildings with a goal of resuming five days of service at all libraries across the city in the coming months. Visit our Services page for more information on in-person services at many of our libraries.
Currently at the Free Library:
- Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated patrons should consider wearing two masks indoors.
- Most Free Library locations have returned to pre-pandemic service offerings, with the exception of programs or community meetings over 10 people. Visit our Services page or call your neighborhood library to see what's available. (This page is updated daily, so please check it regularly.)
- While we increase in-person services at neighborhood libraries, some locations will remain temporarily closed. Our Hot Spots will remain closed to the public as well.
- The Free Library call center is here to help! Patrons can call five days a week to speak with our expert staff, who will provide information, technology help, Library updates, and more. Calling is free! Give us a dial at 1-833-TALK FLP (825-5357). We're here Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
- Many Free Library programs are proceeding virtually and outdoors, and indoor programs are limited to less than 10 people.
- We maintain robust digital resources that you can access anywhere with your library card, including ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV, music, over 100 databases, and the New York Times online.
- You can place new holds with the Free Library! Sign in to freelibrary.org with your library card number and PIN to place a hold online, or call your neighborhood library to place a hold over the phone. Once your materials are ready, we'll contact you to schedule a pickup appointment.
- Following guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) as well as updated CDC data, the Free Library has ceased quarantining returned library materials.
All service updates will be posted to this page as they become available. Please check back in the coming weeks as our planning evolves.
We welcome you to also visit our blog and follow the Free Library on social media for up-to-date information on Free Library programs, services, and resources (find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Thank you so much for your support and your care for each other and our Free Library community during this uncertain time – we look forward to welcoming you back into our buildings.
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Information from Local, State, National, and Global Resources
- PDF: Philadelphia Department of Public Health Special Health Bulletin
- Video: Free Library of Philadelphia Coronavirus 101 Panel Discussion on March 2, 2020
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