Music Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5316

Open today 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
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Upcoming Events

Pete Seeger Birthday Celebration

Wed, May 3, 10:00 A.M.

The  Philadelphia Folksong Society  in partnership with the  Free Library invite you to a festive day of participatory musical…

Traditional Music of Puerto Rico with Los Bomberos de la Calle

Mon, May 15, 7:00 P.M.

Enjoy the great rhythms of Bomba and Plena, lively percussion-driven musical traditions that reflect the African heritage of Puerto Rico. …

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Ross Bellinoit

Mon, May 22, 7:00 P.M.

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 :…

Arab Classical and Contemporary Music with Hanna Khoury and Hafez Kotain

Mon, Jun 5, 7:00 P.M.

Join us for an evening of Arab Classical and Contemporary Music with Hanna Khoury and Hafez Kotain of the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble.…

Heritage, Honor and Freedom Discovered

Mon, Jun 12, 7:00 P.M.

Heritage, Honor and Freedom Discovered: An African American Journey of Original Songs and Poems Join us for a powerful program of original opera,…

The library 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 to10 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 6 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.