School Partnerships

The Free Library of Philadelphia is always looking for new ways to bring schools and libraries together while supporting educators who work with Philadelphia’s students. As you explore some of the resources and options below, remember that a one-on-one conversation with your local librarian is a great way to discuss specific projects or requests. You can also email our School Partnerships team at schools@freelibrary.org with any questions.

How can librarians and the Free Library work with your school?

Educator Cards

Bring your school ID to activate your Educator card. Its superpowers include:

  • Borrowing up to 50 items at a time for your class
  • Enjoying an extended loan period of 28 days

Learn more about applying for an Educator Card

Library Visit

Book an exciting field trip to your local neighborhood library! A librarian will introduce your students to the library, explain how it works, and help them select and check out books.

Field Trips

Schedule a field trip to see some of the Free Library’s rarest collections:

  • Our dynamic exhibitions featuring books, documents, art and other objects from our special collections.
  • The Rosenbach is a historic Museum and Library housing and interpreting treasures like the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. Schedule a visit to the Rosenbach today!
  • The Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library, featuring some of the world’s oldest and most unique books (and cuneiform tablets, scrolls, manuscripts, letters, and more)!

Story Programs

Your neighborhood librarians can offer engaging, interactive story programs for a wide range of school-aged students. Contact your neighborhood library to schedule a story program in your classroom or in the library.

Educator Updates on School Partnerships

Throughout the 2018–19 school year, the Free Library will be rolling out more tools, resources, and highlights of our collections that can help enrich your classrooms, students, and school communities. Click to receive quarterly updates on these new resources and check back here frequently for new content.

Digital Resources for Students

The Free Library has a wide range of digital content, primary and secondary sources, e-picture books, and databases with vast resources across the curriculum. These resources can be used in your classroom, all for free with your Free Library card. Explore some of our most popular Online Learning databases and resources or email schools@freelibrary.org with specific questions!

Traveling Treasures

Schedule a visit with librarians from the Rare Book Department, who bring rare literary artifacts to your classroom. The program can be tailored to meet the interests of class!

Virtual Librarian

Submit a question to our 24/7 online reference desk to bring a virtual librarian into your classroom!

Nourishing Literacy

Schedule a field trip to the Culinary Literacy Center by clicking here! Nourishing Literacy is the CLC’s school visit program and connects activities to the Common Core standards, nutrition concepts, and life skills.

LEAP

The Free Library provides FREE, fun afterschool activities and homework help for K-12 students at neighborhood libraries throughout the city with our Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP).

LEAP promotes traditional and interdisciplinary literacy in a fun, hands-on setting, and introduces your students to the many Free Library resources that can support them in school and at home. To learn more about LEAP, email schools@freelibrary.org.

Homework Help Online

A Free Library card gives any student access to FREE live tutoring, homework assistance, test prep, and even a writing lab through Homework Help Online, powered by Brainfuse, a great resource for your students and their families.

Read by 4th

Read by 4th is a citywide campaign bringing together an ever growing coalition of partners, including the Free Library, working towards a shared vision that all children will be reading on grade level by the time they enter the 4th grade. Learn more about Read by 4th resources and supports for students and families here.

BLAST (ongoing) & Building Bridges with Books (completed)

BLAST is a 4th Grade social studies research partnership bringing together librarians and teachers in both the classroom and the library. Building Bridges with Books ran from 2014 - 2018 as a federally funded partnership between the Free Library and 10 School District of Philadelphia elementary schools, working to lift literacy engagement for K - 3rd graders and engage their teachers and families. Future partnerships and collaborative projects between the Free Library and Philly schools are being investigated!