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Philadelphia Free
Public Library
1901 Vine Street
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cross Street: 26th Street
215.686.5322
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Hours Of Operation
Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Free Library has been a haven and a launching pad for the people of Philadelphia
from school-age children to senior citizens - for more than 100 years. It exists to serve the entire population of the region. We intend to continue to serve the city and foster a community of lifelong learners for the next 100 years. Serving the public over the next decade and the next century means building on our past - on our strengths and tremendous resources including staff, facilities, and reputation. But it does not mean standing still. We will need to build new capabilities and resources to continue to provide world-class service. We need to plan and act strategically with a clear view of what the future will demand of the Library.

  • Mission: To achieve the clarity we need to succeed, we have recrafted our mission and vision statements. Mission The Free Library of Philadelphia advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity.
    Vision Building an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. While the statements are new, the commitment to the needs of the community remains the same. The Free Library will continue to be, as it has always been, a place for the people of Philadelphia to gain literacy in all its forms (functional, technological, career, financial, cultural, and civic), to receive guidance as they learn, and to be inspired to pursue continuous learning.

    New Direction: The Free Library of Philadelphia is well-positioned to move in these new directions and increase its impact throughout greater Philadelphia. Two committed Boards will provide oversight, and a dedicated staff will endeavor to meet the specific goals that the plan outlines. It is an exciting time for the institution, and we are committed
    to taking full advantage of all of the opportunities that this plan presents.

    Support The Library: To support the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, you can make a donation online or send a check to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation at 1901 Vine Street, Suite 111; Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please make all checks payable to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. For more information, please call 215-567-7710.

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