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Free Library of Philadelphia

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Address: 19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Logan Circle at 19th and Vine sts., Philadelphia, PA
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+1 215-686-5322
09:00 - 18:00
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Sat 09:00 - 17:00

This magnificent building modeled after the Place de Concorde in Paris has...

This magnificent building modeled after the Place de Concorde in Paris has an excellent and eclectic collection. If its medieval manuscripts you want or early American hornbooks, youll find it here.

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One of my favorite places to take out of town visitors, especially for their great author events, usually held in the evenings. Please go to the Library's website to check the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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haddon twp
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Guess I was expecting something different. It was nice but like I said I was thinking of something more. Just not my thing

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

One of my favorite places to take out of town visitors, especially for their great author events, usually held in the evenings. Please go to the Library's website to check the schedule as some talks require tickets ($) while others do not. I've been lucky enough to see a wide variety of authors, including a panel of writers discussing baseball,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

wonder the many floors and enjoy the sights and sounds real great book newspaper from around the world and thats just the beginning

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I went to the library for a free guided tour(The times are on their web site). I was the only one so it was like a private tour, the guide was very helpful and took time to explain about the library and where and when the books were collected, you can take photo's but not with flash and take them... More 

Thank enjoy99
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Free Library of Philadelphia is a huge historic building. It is like visiting a museum - so well built and maintained! Contains all the information created by mankind in hundreds of years. See for yourself!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The building itself is very nice. Went to the newspaper archive to look some info up on microfiche. The woman working there was very helpful with showing me how to operate the machine.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Among Philadelphia many libraries, the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP), takes pride of place on Vine Street, adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and near Logan Square. An infinitely valuable treasury of books, manuscripts, photographs and more recent tools of communication, the FLP’s unique holdings include 4,000 year old clay tablets with cyphers that are utterly alien to us, as... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Great for reading, research or just relaxing. Many exhibits and events. Classic architecture in a wonderful location on the Philadelphia Parkway convenient to many Museums and attractions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This was one of my faves of our trip to Philly! We arrived for the daily guided tour by Joseph in the rare book section! Joseph was a wealth of information and had a true passion for his job. We were able to see the print on rocks that were centuries old, Charles Dickens' desk, his taxidermied Raven (Edgar Alan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I can’t believe how little people talk about this amazing resource. For one, this is a gorgeous building. Two, there are tons of books and computers for people to access, for free. But third, there is a rare book library that is open to the public Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. There are also tours every day at 11am! While the tour was... More 

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