Free Library of Philadelphia

free-library-philadelphiaThe Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered in 1891 as “a general library which shall be free to all.” And since 1894 has been free for residents of Philadelphia ever since.


Contrary to what some might think, the Free Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway is the “main” branch. There are over 50 branches where anyone who lives in Philly can take out a book, video or other medium absolutely free (as long as you bring it back on time).


Each branch has its own unique charm. But the main branch is a wonder to the eyes. And it’s got a great space for kids. Make sure to stop in during your tour of The Parkway.

Visiting Info

Phone: (215) 686-5322

Address: 1901 Vine Street

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE