Music Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, 4/21 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 4/22 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/23 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/24 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/25 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 4/26 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/27 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Sunday had hour changes – Easter
  • * Friday has hour changes – staff development 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

  • Fri., Apr. 26 : Closed staff development day
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society

Sat, May 4, 1:00 P.M.

Saturday May 4th in the Montgomery Auditorium  at Parkway Central. The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society will give a FREE performance of the…

Mysterious Traveler All Stars - Spring 2019 Concert

Mon, May 6, 7:00 P.M.

The  Mysterious Travelers  are back! After March's magnificent Winter Concert and the  One Book - Report performance back in…

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

Tue, May 7, 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,…

Fall for Chamber Music

Wed, May 8, 6:00 P.M.

Dolce Suono Ensemble  returns to the Free Library with “Fall for Chamber Music”, their new 3-year project supported by…

Percussion and Drum Workshops

Sat, May 18, 2:00 P.M.

The Free Library’s Music Department presents a new series of FREE workshops. The series will kick off with a visit from the Sistahs Laying…

Suite Talk II: Dance

Sun, May 19, 3:00 P.M.

Free talk and performance. May 19th, 3pm-4:30pm, Music Department How to dance like Bach. We will discuss Bach’s dance suites in detail, how…

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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.