Rare Book Department

1901 Vine Street, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Upcoming Events

"The Automat" Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Sat, July 27, 2024 2:00 P.M.

Join us for a screening of  The Automat  followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Lisa Hurwitz.  Featuring photographs from the Free Library of Philadelphia's Print and Picture…

The Library of the Wizard Earl - Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Rare Book Department

Wed, August 7, 2024 6:30 P.M.

A storied English aristocratic family, living in a palatial home that was once an abbey, struggles to maintain their household in the face of 20th century financial realities. On April 23rd and…

We Are What We Eat: Curator-Led Exhibition Tour

Thu, August 8, 2024 3:00 P.M.

The Free Library’s newest exhibition, We Are What We Eat, explores the intersection of food, community, and identity. With recipes and cooking techniques passed down through generations,…

We Are What We Eat: An Exhibition from Special Collections

Now through Fri, August 30, 2024 5:00 P.M.

The Free Library’s exhibition, We Are What We Eat , explores the intersection of food, community, and identity. With recipes and cooking techniques passed down through generations, culinary…