German Society of Pennsylvania

Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library

611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-627-2332 voice
215-627-5297 fax
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 4 pm.
Staff: Contact the librarian, Bettina Hess, at the main number listed above; or email:

The library houses approximately 60,000 volumes; three-quarters are in German. The library's collections include the historic reading library of the German Society, with rare holdings in German and American history, literature and culture since the 18th century. Other special collections document German-American life in the United States since 1683, including books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and German-American newspapers and periodicals.