As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries

In commemoration of the American Philosophical Society’s 275th anniversary, the Society’s Library is hosting an interdisciplinary conference that explores the history of libraries, the present opportunities for libraries, and the potential future for libraries as they continue to evolve in the 21st century. The conference will run from September 27-29, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. It is free of charge and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The conference will begin with a keynote focused on the future of libraries on Thursday, September 27, hosted by Sarah E. Thomas (Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and including Mary Lee Kennedy (Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries), Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies), and Michael Witmore (Director, Folger Shakespeare Library).  

A second keynote discussion on "The Making of Digital Libraries for the Scholarly Community" with Deanna Marcum (Senior Advisor, Ithaka S+R) and Donald J. Waters (Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) will be held on Friday, September 28.