Map Collection

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5397

The Map Collection is open for research by appointment only. To make an appointment, please email erefmap@freelibrary.org

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

  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

From Proposal to Project: Philadelphia’s Parkway, 1884–1937

Now through Sun, November 5, 2017 5:00 P.M.

Highlighting materials from the Library’s Map Collection, this exhibition delves into the complicated history of the Parkway’s initial proposal, its iterations of building plans, and its triumphant renaming. Learn about the inspiration and reasons for its development, the groups and…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Exhibitions Philadelphia Philadelphia History Special Collections History Maps

The Map Collection houses the most comprehensive collection of maps and geographically related reference sources in the Philadelphia area. Within the collection can be found over 130,000 current and historical maps covering every area of the world, hundreds of reference sources in the fields of cartography, cartobibliography, geography, place names, and a collection of city plans worldwide. The collection is especially strong in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania maps and atlases.

Please visit the Map Collection digital collection to see maps and atlases online.