Overview Collections (6) Rights & Reproductions

In partnership with American Architects and Buildings


The Central Library is a world class research facility, open to the general public and available to all. It contains a collection of research and reference material divided into subject departments, including Art Department, Automobile Reference, Business Science and Industry, Education Philosophy Religion, Map, Music, Rare Book, and others.

General Contact Information

Free Library of Philadelphia
Art Department
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)563-3628 (fax)
Hours: Mon.-Wed: 9-9; Thur., Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5

Specific Contacts

  • Deborah Litwack, Head


Over 60,000 books, new and old, on the fine arts, the decorative arts, crafts, artists, and craftsmen; architecture and landscape architecture collection, including drawings for the Old Philadelphia Survey and the Historic American Buildings Survey and Frank Lloyd Wright archives on CD-ROM; files on over 28,000 artists, artisans, architects, designers, and collectors; periodicals on painting, antiques, architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, costume, photography, sculpture, crafts, and collectibles.


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