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.

    • Building Bridges with Books

      The Library partners with the School District of Philadelphia to advance literacy in 10 of the District’s priority elementary schools.
      Children

    • Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries

      The Free Library is in the midst of the Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, a transformational project to reimagine and reshape neighborhood libraries to meet the changing needs of today's library customers. Learn more about our current projects.

    • Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC)

      Whether you are an emerging entrepreneur or an established small business owner, the Business Resource and Innovation Center is here for you!
      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

    • Cultureshare

      Cultureshare is a free, subscription-based program that curates and distributes locally produced art, music, writing, and performance in conversation with existing holdings of the Free Library.
      Adults Teens

    • 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.

    • Digital Collections

      Our Digital Collections portal currently houses over 40,000 digital images, from automotives and fine arts to children's literature and historical images of Philadelphia—there's something for everyone!

    • 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

    • Job Seekers

      A virtual guide for first-time job seekers, the unemployed, job seekers making career transitions, and employers with job opportunities.
      Adults

    • 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

    • Map Overlay Tool

      Our interactive map tool allows for you to explore selected historical maps and digital images overlaid on current maps from Google.

    • 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

    • Office of Adult Education

      The Office of Adult Education (OAE), formerly the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983.
      Adults

    • One Book, One Philadelphia

      Join your neighbors to read and discuss the same book, the 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
      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.

    • Passport Processing and Photo Services

      Northeast Regional Library at 2228 Cottman Avenue is now an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility. We offer passport processing for new U.S. passports or passport cards. You may also have your passport photo taken for all passports (new and renewals).
      Adults Teens Children Families

    • Philadelphia OST Literacy Initiative (POSTLI)

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

    • Philadelphia Poet Laureate Program

      The Poet Laureate is a civic position that recognizes an exceptional poet who also demonstrates a commitment to the power of poetry to engage and inspire people throughout Philadelphia's neighborhoods.
      Adults Teens Families

    • 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

    • School Partnerships

      An innovative partnership between the Free Library of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia to enhance opportunities for collaboration between librarians and teachers
      Teens Children

    • 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

    • Special Collections

      Our special collections make accessible historic materials, provide reliable and knowledgeable research services, and offer instructional programs that promote understanding of our shared cultural heritage.

    • 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

    • Traveling Treasures

      Traveling Treasures is the Rare Book Department’s first, hands-on traveling special collection.
      Children 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

    • We the Detectives

      Two intriguing exhibitions; one multimedia, immersive theatrical adventure in investigation; a once-in-a lifetime chance to uncover the art of crime and detection.

    • 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.