First Circulating Library

Benjamin Franklin, U.S. President
Benjamin Franklin, U.S. President
Library Company of Philadelphia

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin established the first circulating library in the United States?

It was called The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731. That was before the U.S. had won her Independence from England!

It also housed the Library of Congress from 1774-1800, and is today the United States’ oldest cultural institution.