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The Library Company

The Library Company

The Oldest Cultural Institution in America!

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, The Library Company is one of the longest standing free libraries in America. Its primary focus is American culture between the 17th and 19th centuries. There are many free programs to check out including African American History, Visual Culture, and Early American Economy. Following Franklin’s vision of making books available freely to the public that otherwise could not afford literature; this library still maintains that principle today.


The reading room and gallery are both open to the public weekdays from 9 am - 4:45 pm. This isn't your everyday run-of-the-mill library. Be sure to include it in your historical outing next time you're in Philly!

Location: 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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Phone: 215-546-3181
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1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107