Whether you're looking for a new direction, education, or a fun diversion, our Library programs can help you take the first step. We offer something special for every age and interest.

    • Adult Education Classes

      Get your G.E.D. or improve your English.
      Adults

    • Affordable Care Act

      Pennsylvania residents in need of health insurance can enroll for a plan through the federal Marketplace. Learn how the library can help guide you through the process.
      Adults

    • Author Events

      Your ticket to meeting the authors you enjoy.
      Adults

    • Book Bike

      The Book Bikes provide mobile outreach services to schools, to community organizations, and at events throughout the city.

    • Bringing Literacy to Life

      Early literacy workshops for childcare providers.
      Adults

    • Business Resources

      Whether you are running a successful company, thinking of growing your business, or just planning your first venture: start here.
      Adults

    • Career Services and Workshops

      Find help in a job search or career change.
      Adults

    • Central Senior Services

      Parkway Central offers a variety of programs to help you thrive at any age.
      Adults

    • City Services

      Philadelphia's government right at your fingertips.

    • College Prep

      Provides Philadelphia high school students with free workshops and personalized coaching that equips them to apply and gain admittance to college.
      Teens

    • Computer Classes

      View upcoming computer classes throughout the city.
      Adults Teens

    • Conferences

      Current and past conferences hosted by the library

    • Culinary Literacy

      We offer culinary literacy programs for children, teens, adults, and families. Come hungry for knowledge!
      Adults Teens Children Families

    • Databases

      Use our subscription databases to find citations and full text articles, as well as access our Digital Media and Digital Learning portals. You can filter database results by Subject and / or Audience, as well as alphabetically. If you're outside the library, you may need to enter your library card number and PIN in order to access the selected database.

    • Early Literacy

      Learn how to bring books and literacy into the lives of young children.
      Children

    • Exhibitions

      The Free Library is home to a wide variety of special exhibitions, which showcase the important, unique, and rare items in its collections.
      Adults Teens Children Families

    • Field Family Teen Author Series

      Your class reads a book, then meets the author at the Library.
      Teens

    • Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music

      The world's largest lending library of orchestral performance material.
      Adults

    • Framing Fraktur

      Join the Free Library in exploring traditional Pennsylvania German folk art and its relationship to contemporary art.

    • Government Publications

      Parkway Central offers access to federal, state, and local government publications, with professionally-trained librarians who can answer your reference questions and help you find the materials you need.
      Adults

    • Homebound Services

      Let the Library come to you.
      Adults

    • Homework Help Online

      An online tutor can help you get on track with your homework and essays.
      Children Teens Familes

    • Hot Spots

      Bringing computer classes and access to the latest software, technological resources, and the internet to neighborhood community centers throughout Philadelphia.
      Adults Teens

    • Interlibrary Loan

      Borrow a book from anywhere in the United States.
      Adults Teens

    • Kids

      Resources for children ages 12 and under and their families, including our Digital Learning Portal, Overdrive Kid's eReading Room, Homework Help Online, LEAP Programing, storytimes, and other fun-filled events.
      Children

    • LEAP After-School Program

      Visit the library for homework help, computer assistance, and special programs.
      Children Teens

    • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

      Enjoy a braille or recorded book.

    • Maker Jawn

      Maker Jawn programming encourages individuals of all ages to use tech tools and everyday materials creatively. Participants work with LED lights, cameras, circuits, cardboard, fabric, plants, and other materials to invent and build imaginative, self-directed projects!
      Adults Teens Children

    • Mayor's Commission on Literacy

      The MCOL was established to ensure that quality education is available to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the literacy skills necessary for the workforce, parenting, and community life.
      Adults

    • Mobile Services

      Access the library from your phone or mobile device!

    • Monday Poets

      Start your week with stimulating poetry.
      Adults

    • New Americans

      The Free Library has materials and services to help you as you get settled in Philadelphia.
      Adults

    • One Book, One Philadelphia

      Join your neighbors to read and discuss the same book. The 2016 selection was Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.
      Adults

    • Parkway Museums District

      Visit Parkway Central, the cornerstone of the Free Library system with over 7 million items and special collections in Philadelphia's Parkway Museums District.

    • Philadelphia OST Literacy Initiative (POSTLI)

      Serving DHS funded after-school programs with literacy technical assistance and workshops

    • Podcasts

      The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to listen to and watch our Author Events and lectures series that take place at Parkway Central Library.

    • Prison Services

      Offering literacy-based resources to help bring together families separated by incarceration.
      Adults

    • Rare Book Department

      Among the largest in American public libraries, the Rare Book Department exists to serve the people of Philadelphia, as well as the students, scholars, and researchers who use its collections.
      Adults

    • Read by 4th

      Read by 4th is a citywide effort of over 80 organizations, public and private, large and small, convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia, aiming to increase the number of students in Philadelphia reading on grade-level by the time they reach 4th grade.
      Children

    • Reading Olympics

      Kids team up for an exciting competition.
      Children

    • Reproduction Services

      Request high-resolution images from our collections, for both commercial and noncommercial use.
      Adults

    • Regional Foundation Center

      Get help with nonprofit grantseeking, fundraising, and proposal writing.
      Adults

    • Tacony LAB (Library & Arts Building)

      A temporary home for the Tacony Library while it undergoes an 18 month renovation, Tacony LAB (Library & Arts Building) is designed to be a hub of learning, creativity, and community engagement.
      Adults Teens Children Families

    • The Rosenbach

      The Rosenbach, which officially merged with the Free Library in 2013, is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of rare books, manuscripts, and art. Both an exhibiting museum and library, it invites the public to explore those collections through exhibitions, programs, and more.

    • Science in the Summer

      Children learn about science through hands-on experience.
      Children

    • Summer Reading and Online Summer Reading

      Fill your summer with reading, games, and creatvity!
      Children Teens Adults

    • Sundays on Stage

      Discover new cultures through dances, stories, and songs by renowned performers.
      Families

    • Techmobile

      Learn about our state-of-the art digital literacy training vehicle.

    • Teens

      From crafts to college prep, from movie screenings to film making, the Free Library has it all for teens!
      Teens

    • Teen Tuesdays

      Join with friends to plan programs at the Central Library.
      Teens

    • Volunteer Services

      Volunteering at the Free Library of Philadelphia can be rewarding and fun. We have opportunities at Central Library and our neighborhood branches throughout the city!
      Adults Teens

    • Wireless Access

      Learn more about wireless networking at the Free Library.

    • Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative

      A community-wide, grant-funded initiative taking place at Cecil B. Moore and Widener libraries.
      Familes

    • Year of the Bard

      In celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014, the Free Library presented the Year of the Bard.