The Music Department is temporarily closed.

Music Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Department is temporarily closed.

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Upcoming Events

CANCELLED - Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance by Sharon Skeel

Mon, Apr 20, 7:00 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Book Talk: Catherine Littlefield: A Life in Dance  by Sharon Skeel. Join us for this multi-media event celebrating Philadelphia…

CANCELLED - Experience Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated: Volume One

Wed, Apr 22, 7:00 P.M.

April is Philly Celebrates Jazz Month . The Free Library’s Music Department and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to celebrate with a…

CANCELLED - Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society

Sat, Apr 25, 1:00 P.M.

Saturday April 25th in the Montgomery Auditorium  at Parkway Central. Join us for a FREE Peking Opera performance hosted by…

Fall for Chamber Music III

Tue, Jun 2, 6:00 P.M.

Dolce Suono Ensemble , "an adventurous ensemble" (The New York Times), returns to the Free Library with “Fall for Chamber…


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.