Music Department

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

Open today until 9:00 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., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • 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

CANCELED Free opera! Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Tabarro

Wed, August 23, 2017 6:00 P.M.

We regret to announce that the free opera performance scheduled on 8/23 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please contact the music department:  (215)686-5316 erefmus@freelibrary.org  

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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.