Fleisher Collection

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5313

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Bernstein the Conductor

Now through Tue, January 2, 2018 5:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music are pleased to be a part of the global celebration BERNSTEIN AT 100. Kicking off August 25, 2017 and ending August 25, 2019, the Bernstein Office’s worldwide initiative will commemorate the…

Adult Young Adult Senior Exhibitions Special Collections

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!

Ordering • Patrons may call or write to inquire about availability of works. All orders must be in writing (send us an email at Fleisher@freelibrary.org) and include all of 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 8.7.5.5.4 for concertos
  • Concert date(s), conductor, and venue. Include soloist if applicable.
  • Date music is required – Only if specific calendar date is set for rehearsals
  • 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)

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.

In Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, hosted the first Saturday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on WRTI 90.1 FM, we 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 Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The program is hosted by Kile Smith, former Curator of the Fleisher Collection, and Jack Moore, Program Director of WRTI. Encore presentations air every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on WRTI-HD2 and our radio program essays archives can be accessed on our website.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is home to the unique and internationally recognized Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music. The Library has asked the Orphan's Court for permission to use some of the income generated by the rental of these musical scores for research and preservation of these special works. In addition, the Library has asked for permission to use some of the income for limited travel by the curator to explore and expand our knowledge of this very special collection within our stewardship. Questions are welcome at 215-686-5313. The petition and the judge’s decree can be found here.