Henry J. Cadbury Library
A historical place to study and practice peace
Inside the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is the Henry J. Cadbury Library, which is devoted to Quaker theology, history and peace studies. The Henry J. Cadbury Library’s resources for children and adults focus on a contemporary collection of 23,000 books, periodicals and other materials, as well as a collection of Quaker testimonies, demonstrations of personal work and ongoing commitment. Members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which holds meetings in the same complex, are regular visitors to the library.
Persecution led members of the Society of Friends to settle in the Delaware Valley more than 325 years ago. Today, this community numbers approximately 12,000. Its ongoing activities are supported by a small handful of libraries including the Henry J. Cadbury Library, which was founded in 1960. This contemporary collection of Quaker materials is designed to “nurture the spiritual life” of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and “to lend materials on Quakerism and its faith and practice to all interested people.”
Open Tues – Fri and Sun
The library maintains resources and guidance for those who teach First Day School, Quaker “Sunday School” for children.
The Frances Ferris Collection offers school-age children and their parents a wide collection of books on family problems, sibling rivalry, peer pressure, peace and war.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
118-128 N. Broad Street
(Broad and Cherry Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- The PFS Roxy Theater
- The Barnes Foundation
- The Comcast Center
- Rittenhouse Square
- Shoe Museum
- The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia
- Mütter Museum
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
- View more attractions
Restaurants & Dining