Fleisher Orchestral Music

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music is the largest lending library of orchestral performance material in the world. Founded in 1909, the collection comprised just over 3300 works when donated to the Free Library in 1929. The collection now houses over 22,000 titles and continues to grow.

It houses virtually the entire standard repertoire, and is also known for its many rare and out-of-print works available for lending around the world. It is a unique source of 19th- and 20th-century Pan American music, and has a longstanding commitment to promoting new, noteworthy, and overlooked works.

The lending service is available to music organizations upon receipt of a written request. View our our conditions of loan.

Fleisher Collection Catalogs
With over 22,000 titles – and still growing! – taking on the entire Fleisher catalog can make your eyes glaze over. So we’ve come up with a number of focused catalogs to help our patrons get the best out of our collection. Let us know if you have an idea for another focused catalog because we are always developing more!

Special tours and scholarly research services are also available. Visit our FAQ, e-mail fleisher@freelibrary.org or call (215) 686-5313 for further information.

Digital Collection

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Broadcasting since 2001, Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection uncovers the unknown, rediscovers the little-known, and takes a fresh look at some of the remarkable treasures housed in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia. Hosted by Kile Smith, former Curator of the Fleisher Collection, and Jack Moore of Program Director of WRTI, the program broadcasts the first Saturday of each month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on WRTI 90.1 FM, WRTI 97.7 Reading, 97.1 Allentown, WJAZ 91.7 Harrisburg, 90.7 York, WRTL 90.7 Lancaster Ephrata Lebanon, WRTY 91.1 Mount Pocono, 94.9 Wilkes-Barre, 99.1 Pottsville, 106.1 Scranton, WRTQ 91.3 Ocean City, WRTX 91.7 Dover, and on the web at www.wrti.org. Catch encore presentations of the entire Discoveries series every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on WRTI-HD2 and online. View our recording details and a list of all past shows.

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Fleisher Collection:
First Floor - Room 125,
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hours of Operation

Weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Phone: 215-686-5313
Email: Fleisher@freelibrary.org

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