Social Services Offered by the Free Library

By Administrator RSS Mon, January 8, 2024

The Free Library is pleased to announce the addition of three full-time social workers to its Social Services roster. The newly formed Social Services team will provide open office hours in neighborhood libraries, lead public programs, support frontline staff through professional development, and connect patrons to neighborhood, state, and federal resources. Expect to see social workers in a branch near you starting in February 2024.

In addition to a dedicated Social Services team, the following social service programs are also available to patrons throughout the Free Library system:


Community Resource Corps

Do you need help accessing city agencies? Would you like to be able to navigate through the bureaucracy of city services and resources better? Join us most Fridays to ask questions and get assistance from Philadelphia's new Community Resource Corps.


Dress for Success Clothing Drive

The Free Library will assist the Community College of Philadelphia with the collection of business attire, accessories, and shoes. The donated items will be given to students and alumni as part of the school’s Career Threads service.

Preferred Donations:

  • Men's and women's blazers
  • Dress pants
  • Dress shirts
  • Men's and women's accessories (necklaces, ties)

Collection Dates: Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12, 2024

Free Library Collection Sites:


ECA Presents: Utilities Services and Resource Fair and PGW Conservation Workshops

Join the Energy Coordinating Agency for information about energy assistance programs and how to conserve energy in your home. PGW consumers who attend an Energy Conservation Workshop will receive a FREE Weatherization Kit! No income guidelines.

For more information, please reach out to Tracey Mathis, Community Program Coordinator, at or 215-609-1478.


Free COVID-19 Tests and Health Information Table

A representative from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will be available to distribute FREE COVID-19 tests, hand sanitizer, and protective face masks for children and adults; in addition to answering questions and providing information on free health resources, free health screenings, food distribution centers, and more.


Headshots at the BRIC

On the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., patrons can receive FREE headshot photos taken on the Ground Floor at Parkway Central Library in the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more. Use your photo to enhance your professional portfolio and make your LinkedIn profile stand out among the selfies!

  • There are no appointments. Your photo will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A mirror is available to check appearance.
  • Our background is gray.
  • The last person will be taken no later than 2:50 p.m. 
  • Photographs are by Albert Yee, owner of Albert Yee Photo.

For more information, please email


Philadelphia City ID Mobile Pop-Up

Join us at a Philadelphia City ID pop-up mobile site in your neighborhood. Open to the community by appointment only. Limited to 30 participants.

What is the PHL City ID?

The PHL City ID is an optional, valid, government-issued photo identification card that is accepted by all City services and City-funded programs.

Who can get a PHL City ID?

The PHL City ID is for anyone who lives in Philadelphia and is age 13 and older.

How much does it cost to get a PHL City ID? What payments are accepted?

  • $5 for youth aged 13–17
  • $10 for adults aged 18–64
  • Free for adults 65+

What can I use my PHL City ID for?

  • To access health care services
  • To check out library books
  • To sign in to schools and City buildings
  • To get discounts to museums, entertainment, and more
  • To open a bank account at participating banks and credit unions
  • Anytime you need to show ID


Resume Workshops

Receive job seeker assistance and tips on creating an effective resume with these workshop programs at your local library.


Stop the Bleed. Save a Life.

Death due to traumatic bleeding can occur in less than five minutes. In one hour, you can learn to save a life.

In response to increased violence throughout Philadelphia, an experienced RN will teach non-medical individuals the proper steps to aid an injured person until help arrives. Participants will learn how to stay safe in an emergency, bleeding control, and how to use a tourniquet.

You can learn more at

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