Pennsylvania Attractions October 27, 2022
The Beautiful Pennsylvania Library That Looks Like Something From A Book Lover’s Dream
Booklovers just seem to gravitate toward any place there are books – bookstores, cozy little shops, and libraries. We’re fortunate to have some of the best libraries in the country, including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. For a unique experience, you might want to visit this
Pennsylvania library that’s one of the most beautiful in the state.
A National Historic Landmark, Fisher Fine Arts Library in Philadelphia draws visitors from all over Pennsylvania and beyond.
The magnificient Victorian-style library was designed by Frank Furness.
After it opened in 1891, the historic library would serve as the main library for The University of Pennsylvania, a role it would hold until 1962.
Today, the Philadelphia library is officially known as the Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, in honor of the individuals who made a $50 million donation to the university.
More than $16 million of that money was used on a complete restoration of the library, which took six years and was revealed in 1991.
The historic library is home to more than 150,000 books, approximately 1,000 serials, and a collection of more than two-million digital images.
That's just the beginning, though. You'll also find the Architectural Archives, the Materials Library, and the Common Press in this grand library.
Visitors from around the world visit the library. If you plan to visit, you can usually do so during the work week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (You might want to call ahead to verify.)
Before you can enter the library, you will have to provide your ID to the security card, who will make a photocopy. Taking pictures is permitted, but flash photography is prohibited.
Learn more on the
Fisher Fine Arts Library website. Or, go here for Facebook.
What do you think is the most beautiful Pennsylvania library? Let us know in the comments! If you’re also fascinated by abandoned places, check out this
abandoned prison in Pennsylvania that was once used as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Address: Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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