Library Company of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA - January 17, 2017 - Today, Howell Rosenberg, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia announced the election of Dr. Michael J. Barsanti as the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director effective February 20, 2017.  Dr. Barsanti succeeds Dr. Richard Newman as the company's Chief Executive Officer. This appointment was made following a national


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—July 10, 2015—The Library Company of


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—December 12, 2014—Three extremely rare 18th-century type-metal blocks on

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—August 13, 2014—This summer the Library Company is hosting two exquisite exhibitions of book art. Teresa Jaynes's new work The Moon Reader will be on display from September 4 to October 10; "Small Wonders" a collection of whimsical miniature books created by the members of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is on exhibit through


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—December 17, 2013—We are delighted to announce that

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — October 1, 2013 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will acquire the Joe Freedman Collection of Philadelphia Ephemera, adding to its extensive holdings of historical ephemera. Compiled over many decades by a distinguished collector with a discerning eye for historical significance, the collection includes nearly 100 trade cards dating from the mid-18th to the

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—May 23, 2013—Library Company Director John Van Horne has announced that he will retire in May 2014 after almost 30 years at the helm. When he took over leadership of the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1985, special collections libraries operated pretty much the way they always had. It was just before the advent of the personal computer, and the Library

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — January 24, 2012 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special exhibition and a teaching symposium. The exhibition opening January 28 will chronicle the evolution of this historic document by exhibiting three stages in its development, including one rare manuscript from Abraham Lincoln's pen.

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Philadelphia, PA, July 10, 2011. The Library Company of Philadelphia has digitized three rare albums that bring to life the world of African American women activists in antebellum Philadelphia. Purchased in part with funds provided by the William Penn Foundation, these albums make the Library Company the repository of three of only four such documents known to have survived intact. The 19th-