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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
13:00 - 17:00
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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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Old books!

This library is a library, except on one of the floors are housed rare and old books which was really interesting. The building, too, is interesting. Other than that, just a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This library is a library, except on one of the floors are housed rare and old books which was really interesting. The building, too, is interesting. Other than that, just a library!

Thank MaraFromToronto
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Open seven days a week and Monday through Thursday evenings, a good place to visit outside of normal museum and historic sites hours. The building is beautiful even if it is in need of a little restoration. Self-guided tour's to supplement the one today guided tours would be a real plus; they have them at one time and you can... More 

Thank Frequent001
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

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

Thank 5travelingfoolsnj
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 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 

Thank pookala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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

Thank thomas p
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 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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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!

Thank Alexander K
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Reviewed 24 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.

Thank christopher m
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 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 

Thank Elisabeth B
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 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.

Thank Marvin G

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