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Exhibitions and Events


Logo for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a multimedia exhibition that looks at historical embossed and raised-letter documents for the visually impaired as a starting point for a multi-sensory exploration of the nature of perception. Inspired by her research in the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind, artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate an exhibition on display April 4 – October 21, 2016 that combines her own original works with historical collections that document the education of the blind in the 19th century.

April 4 - October 21, 2016

Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Major support for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Join us for our 
285th Annual Dinner

Thursday November 10, 2016  

Together We Win Exclusive Preview Reception
Featuring Philadelphia Voices of Pride
Library Company of Philadelphia

Union League of Philadelphia 
140 South Broad Street


With featured speaker
Donald L. Miller


This year’s dinner will feature author and historian Donald L. Miller. The John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, Miller is the author of nine books and has been a writer and historian for several film and TV productions, including HBO documentary He Has Seen War, which he co-produced with Tom Hanks. His lecture at the Library Company Annual Dinner will focus on his best selling book, Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany­—soon to be an HBO mini-series.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016 6-8:30 pm
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central
1901 Vine Street
Food from the Archives

Free admission, but registration in required in advance. Come learn about the history of food conservation in WWI and more! Co-sponsored by Archives Month Philly and the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center, Food from the Archives is an evening featuring materials and resources about food and cooking from more than fifteen regional institutions, including the Library Company of Philadelphia. Read more about this event here.


The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2016/2017:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18
George Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 15
Good Friday: March 25
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 5
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
Holiday Closure: Monday, December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 (normal hours resume Monday, January 2, 2017)


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For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Clarissa Lowry,