Music Department

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

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 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

  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Wed., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 20 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
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Upcoming Events

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

Tue, Jan 7, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from December 2019 until March 2020 a…

Mysterious Travelers All Stars Returns!

Mon, Jan 27, 7:00 P.M.

Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Jazz Project.  Join up-and-coming & veteran Philly musicians who've played our past concerts for…

Free First Saturday Percussion Workshops Featuring Karen Smith

Sat, Feb 1, 2:00 P.M.

Join Karen Smith and the Free Library's Music Department for a third  season of percussion and drum workshops every first Saturday of the…

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

Tue, Feb 4, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from December 2019 until March 2020 a…

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

Tue, Mar 3, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from December 2019 until March 2020 a…

Free First Saturday Percussion Workshops Featuring Karen Smith

Sat, Mar 7, 2:00 P.M.

Join Karen Smith and the Free Library's Music Department for a third  season of percussion and drum workshops every first Saturday of 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.