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4 out of 5 stars
The Free Library holds a cool Rare Books Department
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4 out of 5 stars

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Perched on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a stately Beaux Arts-style building, this is the main hub of the 50-branch Free Library of Philadelphia system. In addition to all your run-of-the-mill library activities (books galore, author events, computers, etc…), you can also explore the fascinating Rare Books Department, which houses 100,000 books and manuscripts and even a stuffed Raven named gripped that belonged to Charles Dickens and allegedly inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write The Raven.


Address: 1901 Vine St
Cross street: at N 20th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 9am–9pm, Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm
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