The Darby Free Library

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The Darby Free Library

Located in the Philadelphia area, the Darby Free Library is the first continuously-operated public lending library in the United States. Benjamin Franklin helped set up the library, which received its first 45 volumes from London in November 1743. Some of these original books are still on display at the library, while others are at the Library Company of Philadelphia (founded by Franklin in 1731 as a subscription library).

Because of budget cuts, the library faces closure in 2009. The library is accepting donations to assist with operating costs on its website.



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