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  • Reinhold Residential
    "Book signings, special lectures and even wine tastings..."(2 Tips)
    Felicia (Lisa) G.
    "Our city is 4th in the nation in square footage of Green Roofs."(3 Tips)
    Hachikaoru
    "Beer garden on the rooftop in summer amazing view."(2 Tips)
    RC
    "The rooftop event space has a great view"(2 Tips)
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  • Hachikaoru
    Beer garden on the rooftop in summer amazing view.
  • RC
    RCJune 8, 2016
    It's a free library. What can't you like? The rooftop event space has a great view
  • Condo C.
    Condo ChurchMarch 23, 2016
    Seed exchange Wed night.
  • Conner W.
    Conner WatsonAugust 11, 2015
    Thousands and thousands of books to choose from. There are plenty of activities and workshops as well.
  • Ivy Agnes N.
    Ivy Agnes NguyenJune 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing place inside. Likely to have whatever you need to read up on. Has free WiFi but need to ask about how to use it.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FoleyDecember 29, 2014
    Read a book
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her new novel Lila. Read more
  • Destiny H.
    Destiny HoltJuly 17, 2014
    So much here, wish I had a library like this where I live!
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet filmmaker John Waters on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new memoir Carsick. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new novel The Snow Queen. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxNovember 14, 2013
    Meet Ishmael Beah on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his debut novel Radiance of Tomorrow. Read more
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CreelmanOctober 24, 2013
    Donald Fagen promoting his new book. Pictures. Will post as he appears. He is the best! The Creelwoman
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressAugust 2, 2013
    Meet New York Times bestselling author Archer Mayor on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM as he reads from his new mystery novel Three Can Keep a Secret, from the Joe Gunther series. Read more
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM as she reads from her new novel Someone. Read more
  • Scott B.
    Scott BuckoMay 7, 2013
    I like going here. Don't love it but have come to appreciate it. The lower level renovations have really made it nice.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival
    Experience Vicki Cobb's One Woman Science Show, an entertaining, fast-paced show inviting the audience to discover science in the world around them through illusions and challenges. 4/28, 2pm Read more
  • Kiera
    KieraJanuary 16, 2013
    Staff at registration desk seemed more interested in looking t their computer than helping me sign up as a new member. :(
  • Patricia G.
    Patricia GillettSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Charge your laptop before you come as outlets are scarce.
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 11, 2012
    Book signings, special lectures and even wine tastings take place in this great “more than books” institution housing over 6 million items for your exploring pleasure.
  • John T.
    John ToddAugust 2, 2012
    Did you know there's a cafe that serves Starbucks coffee & Metropolitan Bakery baked goods right inside the library? It's to the right of the staircase on the first floor & profits help the homeless!
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen MartinJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't ask for assistance at any of the information desks - they'll look at you like you have "some nerve!"
  • Dave S.
    Dave StanardJuly 2, 2012
    Not an ideal place to study, if that's what you're looking for. Very few outlets.
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BeckerJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're a student at CCP, sometimes it's best use the computers here if the labs are full back at the campus.
  • The Franklin Institute
    While you're in the neighborhood, visit "Dead Sea Scrolls," 1 of the largest collections of ancient artifacts ever to tour outside Israel. Save $5 on daytime tix w/ the code DSS4SQ. Now thru Oct. 14 Read more
  • Foundation Center
    Foundation CenterMay 21, 2012
    Looking for grant and fundraising information? Access Foundation Center resources, including Foundation Directory Online Professional, for FREE at this location!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 5 or 15, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums. Read more
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HietpasApril 18, 2012
    Staff is a mixed bag. Some are friendly, a few are strange and a couple are holier than thou.
  • Bashir H.
    Bashir HassanApril 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    check out Philbrick Hall it's been completely renovated and the rest of the library will follow suit
  • Corry S.
    Corry StephensMarch 9, 2012
    The hotdog vender on the corner has good hotdogs
  • Sparkaline K.
    Sparkaline KellyFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Return your borrowed items on time.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Author Events offer the opportunity to engage in dialogue with some of today’s most influential authors. Speakers have included Umberto Eco, Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Eugenides and Jennifer Egan. Read more
  • Free Library
    Free LibraryJanuary 11, 2012
    Stop by our Rare Book Department at 11 a.m. any weekday for a tour, and you’ll see something amazing: a cuneiform tablet dating back several thousand years.
  • CheckOutJared
    CheckOutJaredJanuary 9, 2012
    Good luck finding an outlet.
  • Samuel N.
    Samuel NeubauerJanuary 9, 2012
    Mom works here tryin to come but I'm busy
  • Siobhan R.
    Siobhan ReardonDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Fabulous Dickens exhibits on display thru March!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyDecember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Free Library of Philadelphia keeps its doors open until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TreacyDecember 11, 2011
    Sundays on stage is great for kids
  • Museum Without Walls
    Museum Without WallsNovember 9, 2011
    Go towards Logan Square in front of the Free Library to see the ‘Shakespeare Memorial’ by Alexander Stirling Calder. It shows comedy and tragedy with characters from ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Hamlet.’
  • Sparkaline K.
    Sparkaline KellySeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Utilize the cafe whenever you can.
  • B.J. E.
    B.J. EllisJuly 16, 2011
    Try to return your books on time. It isn't a 10 cent fine. More like a $100 fine. Yikes!!!
  • Felicia (Lisa) G.
    Check out the Green Roof if you can. Our city is 4th in the nation in square footage of Green Roofs.
  • Felicia (Lisa) G.
    Check out the Author Series here.
  • Free Library
    Free LibraryMay 4, 2011
    Must See: Movie Lobby Cards from the 1930s to the 1960s Exhibition in the Rare Book Department. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Independence Visitor Center staff is available Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Humane Society
    Humane SocietyApril 5, 2011
    Book signing April 20: Join Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and President of The Humane Society of the United States, in celebrating the debut of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Read more
  • Kara N.
    Kara NapolitanMarch 13, 2011
    The old dude in the popular library desk is a grump!
  • PHL Science Fest
    PHL Science FestJanuary 17, 2011
    Did you know? Librarians + staff handle more than 3 million reference questions each year. And that the Parkway Central Library features the first green roof on any City building in Philadelphia. Read more
  • Vanessa I.
    The building is historic, therefore amazing beautiful. I just hope the city continues to respect this important architectural artifact. Read more
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TMay 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come before 5pm if you want to take out children's lit research books.
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