More Than Books:
Learn What Libraries Really Have To Offer
The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system that serves the entire County of Philadelphia. It is the 13th-largest public library system in the United States.
The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.
What Does The Library Have To Offer?
Whether you are looking for a new direction, education, or a fun diversion, Philadelphia Library programs can help you take the first step. They offer something special for every age and interest – in-person or online.
Philadelphia Library website allows you to search browse all hundreds of local programs and services. You may also do a narrowed search by these four (4) topics:
Featured Online Resources
Your library card connects you to the latest eBooks, audiobooks, streaming media, news outlets, and online learning sites—for free! Virtual Programming, like online story times and Author Events, are also now streaming on a variety of platforms.
How To Access Free Library Programs and Services
If you do not have a library card, do not worry, because they are free! A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge.
For your convenience, there are three different ways to apply for a library card. You may choose to do so online, in person or mailing in your application.
Online — Sign up and get access instantly!
In-Person – Visit any free library location and apply in person.
Paper Application – Download the paper application and return it to any neighborhood library.
What Can You Do With Your Library Card?
Your Free Library card gives you access to:
An online account where you can search for items in our catalog, place holds to be picked up at the library of your choice, rate and comment on titles you’ve checked out, or create and share lists of books, movies and music.
The libraries public computers and Wi-Fi at Philadelphia neighborhood libraries.
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