Music Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/17 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 2/18 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/19 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 2/20 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 2/21 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 2/22 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2/23 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Presidents' Day
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 21 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
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Upcoming Events

Suite Talk I: Prelude

Sat, Feb 23, 3:00 P.M.

Free talk and performance. February 23rd, 3pm-4pm, Music Department How to listen like Bach . We will examine how historically informed listening…

Mysterious Traveler All Stars - Winter 2019 Concert

Mon, Feb 25, 7:00 P.M.

The  Mysterious Travelers  are back! After their magnificent  One Book - Report performance in July 2018, the Mysterious…

Percussion and Drum Workshops

Sat, Mar 2, 2:00 P.M.

The Free Library’s Music Department presents a new series of FREE workshops. The series will kick off with a visit from the …

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

Tue, Mar 5, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered,…

ANNA Crusis: Singing Out Proudly!

Sun, Mar 10, 3:00 P.M.

Part of the Music Department's Women's History Month Concert Series Celebrate International Women's Day through song with Anna Crusis…

Percussion and Drum Workshops

Sat, Mar 16, 2:00 P.M.

The Free Library’s Music Department presents a new series of FREE workshops. The series will kick off with a visit from the …

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The music department owns one of the largest collections of music and dance materials in the country, with over 100,000 volumes. The department lends piano vocal scores of operas, Broadway musicals, choral music, folk, jazz and popular music. Classical performance music is available for loan in scores and parts for chamber ensembles of up to 10 instruments in the Chamber Music Collection. Study scores of large works are available as well as scores for individual instruments and ensembles. The collection includes books on music and dance history and criticism; theory and performance technique; musical instruments; biographies of musicians and composers, dancers and choreographers. An extensive reference collection of LP and CD recordings can be played on 2 listening stations in the department. The sheet music collections contain over 250,000 popular, classical and folk titles from the colonial era to the present day.  Not sure where to start? Check out our FAQ page.