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More Than Books: 
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More Than Books

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:


Adults may conduct a narrowed search specifically for 18+. Programs and services include:  G.E.D. courses, English as a Second Language (E.S.L.), Business Resources, Career Services, Workshops and so much more.


Search the library’s collection of engagement and learning opportunities for Pre-K through 8th graders such as, early literacy, after-school programs and tutoring, and special events. The library even provides braille and recorded books for the blind/deaf.


Find opportunities to entertain the entire family with free experience passes, live poetry, and podcasts. The Experience Pass allows Free Library cardholders to check out free digital passes to cultural institutions and other attractions in the Philadelphia area.


Local teens (typically 9th through 12th graders), may select from a set of engagement and learning opportunities  such as, college prep, exhibitions, recreation, culinary skills, and career prep.

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:

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