The Free Library of Philadelphia: A Vital Institution Worth Defending
On your stroll to Hip City Veg or Saxby’s, it’s hard to miss the building at the corner of 40th and Walnut. Boasting a clean white brick facade and the “The Free Library of Philadelphia” etched over the door, the Walnut Street West Library is a staple in the West Philadelphia community. Penn students are certainly familiar with libraries—whether it’s finishing up your Spanish homework in Van Pelt, or working through a problem set in Fisher Fine Arts. But the public library is just as noteworthy as any college library and remains a vital part of any community.