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

  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Upcoming Events

BalletX Pop-Up Performance: The Little Prince

Fri, Jun 28, 4:30 P.M.

Join BalletX for their return to Parkway Central Library, this time for a very special performance on the grand Beaux-Arts building’s…

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

Tue, Jul 2, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered,…

Chamber Music at the FLP with Steve Kramer

Wed, Jul 24, 5:00 P.M.

Join us Wednesday July 24th at 5pm, for a free chamber music performance! Chamber ensembles will play the Parkway Central lobby from 5pm…

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

Tue, Aug 6, 7:00 P.M.

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered,…

Free Monday Night Opera: Verdi's Forza del Destino

Mon, Aug 26, 4:30 P.M.

Join us in the Montgomery Auditorium! The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and The Free Library of Philadelphia are excited to invite you to a…


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.