Libraries & Bookstores

The AIDS Library
Phone: 215-985-4851
Fax: 215-985-4492
1233 Locust St.
2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

The AIDS Library is part of Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive AIDS Service Organization. The Library serves the community through delivery of information on HIV, such as treatments, nutrition, and history of the pandemic, and referrals to regional and national resources. This information is provided through a variety of media including books, periodicals, medical journals, videos, audio cassettes, cd-rom, and the Internet. All materials may be viewed in the comfort of the library and most books and videos may be loaned to those with a free AIDS Library borrower card.

Giovanni’s Room

Phone: 215-923-2960
345 South 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107

With more than 7,000 titles on the shelves, a data base of more than 42,000 titles in our specialties, and 2.4 million titles available online, Giovanni’s Room stocks thousands more lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual books and films than the biggest superstore. We also have more LGBT magazines, greeting cards, bumper stickers, jewelry, dog leashes and more than you’ve ever seen before, plus over 50 readings a year. Our store hours are: Monday – Saturday from 11:30-7 p.m. & Sunday from 1-7 p.m.

House of Our Own
Phone: 215-222-1576
3920 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104

Our shop is located on two floors of a quiet, comfortable Victorian house on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus directly across Spruce Street from the LGBT Center. The large stock of general and scholarly books is divided between new and used, and is well-organized and categorized. Gay studies and feminist sections.

The John J Willcox GLBT Library and Archives
Phone: 215-732-2220
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Philadelphia ‘s most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of our LGBT community. The Archives has an ongoing exhibit in the lobby that changes periodically and also sponsors a slideshow/lecture/discussion on the history of gay activism in the U.S. called “Into the Streets!”  We present this program free of charge to GLBT organizations and Gay/Straight Alliances throughout the Delaware Valley. For more info about the archives please contact the Center or visit during drop-in hours on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 8pm.

The Penn Bookstore

Phone: 215-898-7595
3601 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19106-3895

The Penn Bookstore is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus and maintains a collection of approximately 200 selections. Titles not found in the store can be ordered, usually at no additional charge. Barnes and Noble Membership cards are accepted for an additional 10% off on all titles. The Bookstore features a multi-media event space on its second floor authors are welcome! Such events are free and open to the public. For additional information contact Risa Levitt, events manager, at 215-898-5965 or

Reading Room at the LGBT Center

Phone: 215-898-5044
3907 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6031

The Center maintains a large collection of around 2,000 books, videos, DVDs and periodicals written/produced for and about sexual and gender minorities. Materials range in subject matter from LGBT studies to fiction. All members of the Penn community are welcome to borrow library materials. Staff is available to speak with students and faculty conducting research or writing about LGBT people.

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Phone: 215-898-5322
3420 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104-6206

Penn Libraries receive several LGBT periodicals and books. Contact David Azzolina, reference librarian at Van Pelt Library, for assistance regarding LGBT materials.

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