To preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials within its care.
About the Organization:
The Library Company of Philadelphia is America's oldest cultural institution, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. Since the 1950s it has functioned as an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Free and open to the public, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera and works of art. Serving a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and the nation, it offers comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, an online public access catalog, and regular exhibitions and public programs.
In conjunction with its , the Library Company is augmenting, cataloging, and conserving its collections related to economy and society — including the areas of commerce, business, banking, and technology — and has compiled a regional survey of related . In addition, the program sponsors seminars, establishes public-outreach programs, holds conferences involving scholars of the early American economy, and publishes conference proceedings and monographs. The Library Company also provides .
The Library Company of Philadelphia Web site contains information about the organization's , an overview of its extensive , and links to its , related , and the .
The Library Company of Philadelphia is supported by a modest endowment, gifts from corporations, grants from foundations, and its members.