***Due to staffing shortages throughout the Library system, effective Novemer 1, 2021, the Fleisher Collection will temporarily curtail orders outside Pennsylvania. All current confirmed orders will be respected. ***
Exceptions will also be made for items that may be unique to the Fleisher Collection (e.g. Fleisher critical editions of Lili Boulanger).
Onsite research and in-person pick up/drop off of sets is by appointment only.
Contact us via email: Fleisher@freelibrary.org
The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music is the world’s largest circulating collection of orchestral performance sets – with over 22,000 titles – and provides materials to recognized performance groups around the globe (this includes academic and amateur ensembles) for concerts and recordings. 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 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.
- Canadian Composers
- Jazz-Inspired Works
- Women Composers
- Latin American Works
- Composers of African Descent
Ordering • Patrons should write to inquire about availability of works. All orders must be in writing (send us an email at Fleisher@freelibrary.org) and include the following information:
- Composer(s) and title(s) of specific work(s)
- String count – if less than 10.9.6.6.5 for orchestral works or 18.104.22.168.4 for concertos
- Concert date(s), conductor, and venue. Include soloist if applicable.
- Name of performing organization (please do not use acronyms or abbreviations)
- Name, title, and contact information (phone and email) for person responsible for order
- Shipping and billing address(es)
The standard loan period is eight weeks. We allow a two-week grace period for returns of materials after a concert. Please allow three to five business days for order confirmation.
To ensure prompt and accurate processing please be sure to include a detailed subject line in your email and provide complete information as bulleted above.
Now in its 19th season and its third as a podcast, Fleisher Collection Discoveries continues to uncover the unknown, rediscover the little-known, and take a fresh look at some of the remarkable treasures housed in the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since December 2020, we have been focused primarily on rare archival recordings from the American International Music Fund recently digitized by the Fleisher Collection. Composer and former Fleisher Curator Kile Smith hosts Fleisher Discoveries. The podcast is available around the world on SoundCloud, Spotify, and other podcast carriers.