For Release: Immediately
Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


PHILADELPHIA, December 16, 2013—The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to help individuals sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act by offering free appointments with Certified Application Counselors at several libraries throughout the city. For the 210,000 adults in Philadelphia who lack health insurance, this invaluable service will help them secure coverage for themselves and their families with the expert guidance of a trained counselor.

Individuals seeking help with their insurance applications should call their preferred Free Library location from the list below to make an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor. The following Free Library locations are now accepting appointments:

• Charles L. Durham Library | 3320 Haverford Ave. | 215-685-7436
• Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library | 68 W. Chelten Ave. | 215-685-2153
• Kensington Library | 104 W. Dauphin St. | 215-685-9996
• Lillian Marrero Library | 601 W. Lehigh Ave. | 215-685-9794
• Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library | 125 S. 52nd St. | 215-685-7433
• Northeast Regional Library | 2228 Cottman Ave. | 215-685-0522
• Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library | 600 W. Girard Ave. | 215-686-1768
• Walnut Street West Library | 201 S. 40th St. | 215-685-7671
• Whitman Library | 200 Snyder Ave. | 215-685-1754
• Widener Library | 2808 W. Lehigh Ave. | 215-685-9798
• Wynnefield Library | 5325 Overbrook Ave. | 215-685-0298

In addition, the Tech Lab at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, will offer regular open hours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., during which time individuals can drop in for Affordable Care Act assistance without an appointment. Certified Application Counselors will be available on a first come, first served basis. This drop-in service will be available on the following dates: January 10, 13, 24, and 27; February 3, 14, and 28; March 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, and 31.

“The Free Library is committed to ensuring that all Philadelphians are empowered to navigate the Affordable Care Act and sign up for health insurance before open enrollment ends on March 31,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “Our Certified Application Counselors are pleased to be able to assist customers in such an important process.”

For more information about the Free Library’s Affordable Care Act assistance, please call 215-686-5310.

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The 54-location Free Library of Philadelphia system advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi; and rich special collections, including those at Parkway Central Library and at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. The combined holdings of these renowned collections—which include hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera—inspire unique exhibitions and programs throughout the year. With more than 6 million in-person and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library and The Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850