Philadelphia City Institute

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  • 1905 Locust St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-685-6621

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The childrens department may seem small but it is abundant in lots of very fine children's books. Miss Karen, children's librarian is wonderful! She manages her dept. very well, is kind to the children, assertive and generous in spirit!

I take my children there and they always enjoy going!! FIVE STARS Phila City Institute Library!!!!!

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The childrens department may seem small but it is abundant in lots of very fine children's books. Miss Karen, children's librarian is wonderful! She manages her dept. very well, is kind to the children, assertive and generous in spirit!

I take my children there and they always enjoy going!! FIVE STARS Phila City Institute Library!!!!!

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She's the childrens department head librarian. She's great, really, with school aged children, but terrible with the under 5 set. Rigid, overly strict, and not fond of preschoolers and toddlers. If your child can sit quietly for half an hour while she reads, then go to the babies/toddlers story hour with no fear. If not (like 90% of us), and you have a 2-4 year old who likes to explore and actually look at and handle books, steer clear of her. The library is being done a great disservice by having Miss Karen handle the preschoolers story time. A college kid would do a much better job. We now go only to the vine street branch, where they actually like children in the childrens library.

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She's the childrens department head librarian. She's great, really, with school aged children, but terrible with the under 5 set. Rigid, overly strict, and not fond of preschoolers and toddlers. If your child can sit quietly for half an hour while she reads, then go to the babies/toddlers story hour with no fear. If not (like 90% of us), and you have a 2-4 year old who likes to explore and actually look at and handle books, steer clear of her. The library is being done a great disservice by having Miss Karen handle the preschoolers story time. A college kid would do a much better job. We now go only to the vine street branch, where they actually like children in the childrens library.

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I am not very fond of reading but for my daughter i had to join this library. A first i thought it was boring but my daughter who was then 18 months old enjoyed being there. They have a wide selection of kids books. They also carry dvds 7 vhs tapes of various kid movies . For older kidds they sometime organise little shows such as a magic show. They also have various books for adults too. They have on-site internet service too.

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I am not very fond of reading but for my daughter i had to join this library. A first i thought it was boring but my daughter who was then 18 months old enjoyed being there. They have a wide selection of kids books. They also carry dvds 7 vhs tapes of various kid movies . For older kidds they sometime organise little shows such as a magic show. They also have various books for adults too. They have on-site internet service too.

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As an avid reader, I love that the Philadelphia Library has so many branches in different locations throughout the city. If they do not have a book they 99.9% of the time get it front another library. Their max amount of a fine is $15 and since I travel I often forget the due dates of certain books I have checked out. Unfortunately, I once returned a book a week after checking it out and the Library had held me responsible for replacing it since it had been misfiled without being scanned back into the system. It was eventually rectified, but I was slightly put off by this. At times when I enter the library- they seem understaffed and slow. The pile for return books mounts to large towers at times, so I can see how somethings can get lost in the shuffle. Although the selection is small, it is plentiful .

PROS: Wide selection, Can get books not at that branch delivered, Online reserves
CONS: Service is sure... but slow, Staff filing mishaps, understaffed

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★★★☆☆

As an avid reader, I love that the Philadelphia Library has so many branches in different locations throughout the city. If they do not have a book they 99.9% of the time get it front another library. Their max amount of a fine is $15 and since I travel I often forget the due dates of certain books I have checked out. Unfortunately, I once returned a book a week after checking it out and the Library had held me responsible for replacing it since it had been misfiled without being scanned back into the system. It was eventually rectified, but I was slightly put off by this. At times when I enter the library- they seem understaffed and slow. The pile for return books mounts to large towers at times, so I can see how somethings can get lost in the shuffle. Although the selection is small, it is plentiful .

PROS: Wide selection, Can get books not at that branch delivered, Online reserves
CONS: Service is sure... but slow, Staff filing mishaps, understaffed

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