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Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

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  • I stumbled on this as there was a sign on the front of the museum about a current exhibition on the 3rd floor (this one about fictional detectives). it is worth going in to have a look at the architec...  more »
  • Philadelphia has a lot of places worth visiting, and museums abound. In short, legs can walk through the main streets, the library is definitely worth stopping, or not to read, just have a NAP.
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  • Libraries are my happy place, and this made my day of museum hopping in Philly. An astute librarian greeted us at the front desk and directed us to the Rare Book Collection. The librarian we met there...  more »
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  • Generally a great place in Philly, u could see all kinds of books and people in the city..... from some classy fashion people to some homeless in the street...... and they got lots of free resources for the citizens........ generally good...... also wonderful location
  • Saw David Lynch here talk about his art school history. The lecture series is very worthwhile.
  • So quiet, I thought it was empty.
  • Would be better if they bought back the cafe. Otherwise, it's awesome, especially the places that they renovated, like the hall on the first floor on the right.
  • I went to this library for the first time when I was 16 in 1960. This is an excellent example of Beaux Art architecture, and is a gem on Logan Square, with a magnificent collection of books, including a whole room devoted to their music department. Their rare books on the third floor includes Incunabula, cuneiform tablets, letters of Charles Dickens, letters of Presidents. European and Oriental manuscripts, autograph manuscripts and letters of Edgar Allan Poe, and numerous other first editions of Coleridge, Shaw. Kipling Swinburne Twain, and Oscar Wilde, among others. The rare books department was also gifted .

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