Free Library of Philadelphia

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Special Collections Division

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5415 voice
215-563-3628 (in ILL dept) fax

Rare Book Department
Monday-Saturday 9-5
Tours of the collections 11:00 a.m.
The Department does not schedule readers on Saturday

Other Special Collections by Appointment


The Free Library's Special Collections enhance the educational mission of the Library by assembling and making accessible historic materials, providing reliable and knowledgeable research services,and offering instructional programs that promote understanding of our shared cultural heritage.

Many items in Special Collections are searchable in the public catalog, through Finding Aids, or in our Digital Collections. Please contact the collection Curators for further details.