Music Department

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

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 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

  • Sun., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Mon., Nov. 12 : Closed Veterans Day (Observed)
  • Thu., Nov. 22 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Fall for Chamber Music

Wed, October 24, 2018 7:00 P.M.

Dolce Suono Ensemble launches “Fall for Chamber Music”, their new 3-year project supported by the William Penn Foundation to engage new audiences in chamber music. They will present performances, coachings, and other interactive events in some of Philadelphia’s…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Live Performances Music

Philadelphia Flute Quartet

Sat, November 10, 2018 2:00 P.M.

Please join us in the Parkway Central Music Departmen t for a free concert!. The Philadelphia Flute Quartet will be appearing for a special concert of music for multiple flutes. They will perform newly discovered pieces from the library’s vast collection of chamber music . Works…

Adult Young Adult School Age Live Performances Music Performing Arts


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.