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

Free Library Announces Innovative New ‘Cat’alog Lending Service

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2014 —The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to announce an innovative new service aimed at improving the lives of all Philadelphians, one purr at a time. Debuting today, the Free Library ‘Cat’alog will provide customers with the opportunity to check out a furry feline companion alongside the latest bestseller or historical tome.

That’s right—the Free Library is now lending cats.

All Free Library cats have been hand-selected by discerning librarians and screened for sociability, intelligence, and prime cuddliness. Participating cats represent a variety of breeds, from the classic American shorthair to the immortal Siamese. Though the Library has gone to great lengths to ensure that participating cats possess a generally pleasant demeanor, it asks customers to keep in mind and be forgiving of the fickle nature of felines.

“Me-ow! Our new ‘cat’alog is the purrfect addition to the Free Library’s many wonderful services for our customers,” said Felix Garfield, ‘Cat’alog Program Coordinator. “I hope all Philadelphians take a moment to paws their busy schedules and peruse our collection of furry friends available to check out for a cuddle along with a good book.”

Library Cats are available for loan on a first come, first served basis. Customers can search the ‘Cat’alog and place a hold on the cat they’d most prefer. Due to anticipated high demand for this new service, customers will be unable to place holds on more than one cat at a time, and they will also be unable to renew their cat beyond the initial borrowing period of three weeks. For overdue cats, the Library will fine customers one three-ounce can of Fancy Feast per day (any flavor). All Free Library cats are equipped with identification chips in the event of loss. Customers are responsible for providing food and litter for their borrowed cat. The Library is working to install heated cat-drops at its 54 libraries, but for now, customers must return cats in person to any neighborhood library location. 


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About the Free Library of Philadelphia
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