Music Department

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

Open today until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10/13 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 10/14 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 10/15 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/16 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/17 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/18 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/19 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes – Columbus Day
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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Wed., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Live at the Library Volume 2!

Sat, Oct 19, 1:00 P.M.

Live at the Library Volume 2! hosted by Beyond the Bars and the Free Library of Philadelphia Back by popular demand! Join us for the second in a…

Free First Saturday Percussion Workshops Featuring Karen Smith

Sat, Nov 2, 2:00 P.M.

Back by immense popular demand -  the Free Library's Music Department presents another series of percussion and drum workshops every…

Philadelphia Flute Quartet

Sat, Nov 23, 2:00 P.M.

Please join us in the Parkway Central Music Departmen t for a free concert! The Philadelphia Flute Quartet will return to the Free Library of…

Independence String Ensemble, Music Marathon Series

Sat, Nov 30, 10:00 A.M.

Free concert in Parkway Central's lobby! Starting at 10am on Saturday Nov. 30th and continuing through the day till 5pm, the…

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

Tue, Dec 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 new…

Free First Saturday Percussion Workshops Featuring Karen Smith

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

Back by immense popular demand -  the Free Library's Music Department presents another series of percussion and drum workshops every…

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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.