Free Library of Philadelphia
Programs & Services: Whether you are looking for a new direction, education or fun diversion - our library programs can help you take the first step. We offer something special for every age and interest.

Click on the program or service below for more information, schedules, and contact numbers. For a specific age group, select a category.
Adult Education Classes (A)
Get your G.E.D. or improve your English.
Author Events (A)
Your ticket to meeting the authors you enjoy.
Books Aloud (A)
Learn how to bring books and literacy into the lives of young children.
Business Resources (A)
Whether you are running a successful company, thinking of growing your business, or just planning your first venture, start here.
Career Services and Workshops
Find help in a job search or career change.
Central Senior Services
Parkway Central offers a variety of programs to help you thrive at any age.
City Services
Philadelphia's government right at your fingertips.
Computer Classes
View upcoming computer classes throughout the city.
Connect 211
Access Connect211 for local social services information.
The Free Library is home to a wide variety of special exhibitions, which showcase the important, unique, and rare items in its collections.
Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music (A)
The world's largest lending library of orchestral performance material.
Government Publications Department
Parkway Central offers access to federal, state and local government publications and professionally-trained librarians who can answer your reference questions and help you find the materials you need.
Homebound Services
Let the Library come to you.
Hot Spots (T) (A)
Bringing computer classes and access to the latest software, technological resources, and the internet to neighborhood community centers throughout Philadelphia.
Interlibrary Loan
Borrow a book from anywhere in the world.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Enjoy a braille or recorded book.
Mayor's Commission on Literacy (A)
The MCOL was established to ensure that quality education is available to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the literacy skills necessary for the workforce, parenting, and community life.
Mobile Services
Access the library from your phone or mobile device!
Monday Poets (A)
Start your week with stimulating poetry.
New Americans (A)
The Free Library has materials and services to help you as you get settled in Philadelphia.
One Book, One Philadelphia (A)
Join your neighbors to read and discuss the same book.
Parkway Museums District (F)
Visit Parkway Central, the cornerstone of the Free Library system with over 7 million items and special collections in Philadelphia's Parkway Museums District.
Philadelphia Book Festival
Philadelphia’s annual celebration of literacy, featuring celebrity author events, free children’s programs, and a bustling street fair of literary exhibitors.
Philly Plays Scrabble® (F)
Play Scrabble® at your Library for fun or as part of the Philly Plays Scrabble® competition in October.
Regional Foundation Center
Get help with nonprofit grantseeking, fundraising, and proposal writing.
Summer Reading and Online Summer Reading (C) (T) (A)
Win prizes as you read or use the Library.
Sundays on Stage (F)
Discover new cultures through dances, stories, and songs by renowned performers.
Volunteer Services (T) (A)
Volunteering at the Free Library of Philadelphia can be rewarding and fun. We have opportunities at Central Library and our neighborhood branches throughout the city!
Wireless Access
Learn more about wireless networking at the Free Library.