Free Library of Philadelphia
1.  What are your Conditions of Loan?

Fleisher Collection—Conditions of Loan
We receive over a hundred actionable e-mails every day, and reservations are queued in the order in which they are received; It typically takes three to five business days to process and confirm an order.

To ensure prompt and accurate processing, please be sure to include a detailed subject line and complete information.

All orders must be in writing and include the following information:

  • Composer(s) and title(s) of specific work(s)
  • String count (if less than 10.9.6.6.5 for orchestral works or 8.7.5.5.4 for concertos)
  • Concert date(s)
  • Date music is required (A specific calendar date is essential; orders marked ASAP will be returned for a specific date and delay processing)
  • Name of performing organization (please do not use abbreviations);
  • Name, title, and contact information (phone and e-mail) for person responsible for order
  • Shipping and billing address(es)
Reservations may by sent via email to fleisher@freelibrary.org or on organization letterhead via conventional mail to:

The Fleisher Collection
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1116
 

Any clearances for the lending of copyrighted music must be received by the Collection before the music will be shipped. You are responsible for securing clearances from the copyright holder.


Handling Charges
Please contact us by email at fleisher@freelibrary.org for a handling fee quote. There is a minimum charge for the normal loan period of up to eight weeks. Extensions beyond eight weeks may not be possible, so they must be requested in advance; these will be charged in four-week increments, at one-half the normal handling charge per increment. Perusal scores are $10 plus shipping, for a four-week period.
 
Shipping
We ship all packages by UPS Ground unless requested otherwise. UPS or other carrier rates apply for all modes of shipment, both national and international, and will be included on your invoice. The borrower is responsible for the music from receipt of delivery until its return to the Collection; therefore, please insure all return shipments for the amount suggested on the invoice. The borrower should check all music upon receipt and notify us immediately if anything is missing; otherwise, the shipment will be considered to be correct and complete.
 
Payment
For U.S. and Canadian customers in good standing, payment may be made in advance by check in U.S. dollars, credit card (Visa or Master Card) or bank transfer. For international customers, payment must be made by credit card or bank transfer. If paying by credit card, please supply the card type, name as it appears on the card, account number, and expiration date. If paying by bank wire transfer, please contact us directly for additional information.
 
Special Charges
Any cancellations or changes of reservations are subject to a $20 charge per work. All rush orders (same or next day shipment) are subject to a $25 charge and expedited shipping charges.
 
Overdue Fines
Additional handling charges will be assessed for sets, scores, and/or parts returned past the due date.
 
Replacement Charges
There is a non-negotiable, minimum $25 charge for each missing part.

Program credit
One copy of any printed program using Fleisher material should be provided to the Collection. Any program should include the following credit:

[This work] was provided by the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at
the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Recording credit
One copy of any recording using Fleisher material should be provided to the Collection. Any such recording should include the following credit:

[This work] was provided by the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at
the Free Library of Philadelphia.

All prices are subject to change without notice. Your awareness of these important points will help us to keep our high level of service to all patrons. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

2.  Who can borrow music from the Fleisher Orchestral Collection?

The Fleisher Collection lends to orchestras, universities, schools, churches, or any other organization interested in the performance of orchestral music. We do not lend to individuals; an institution must be the borrower of record.

3.  Is there a fee to borrow music from the Fleisher Collection?

There is a handling charge for any organization outside of the City of Philadelphia. The charge is based on the size of the work, and range from $25 to $250 per work. Philadelphia organizations may borrow music for free for up to eight weeks. (Please note that order change/cancellation and late fees will apply.)

UPS shipping charges are applicable and vary with the size of the work and/or order. International and express shipping options are also available. Late fees are levied for sets, scores, and/or parts returned after the due date. There is a non-negotiable, minimum $25 per part replacement fee.

4.  How long can we keep the music borrowed from the Fleisher Collection?

The standard loan period is eight weeks, with additional time for shipping added onto that. If available, the works can be reserved for a longer time period, at a prorated charge.

5.  Are there any other charges to borrow music from the Fleisher Collection?

UPS shipping charges are applicable and vary with the size of the work and/or order. International and express shipping options are also available. Late fees are levied for sets, scores, and/or parts returned after the due date. There is a non-negotiable, minimum $25 per part replacement fee.

6.  What about copyright?

Usually the music the Fleisher Collection lends out is in the public domain. For works under copyright, we will refer you to the rental publisher or agent if there is one. For unpublished works, we need to receive permission in writing from the copyright holder to release the performance materials. (We may already have this permission on file, so do check with us first.) Call us at 215-686-5313 or email us at fleisher@freelibrary.org to ask about any particular piece; we'll work with you on tracking down the information you need to get the music into your hands.

7.  Do you have a catalog?

All of our collection--more than 22,000-titles--is online as part of the Free Library's catalog.

Search the Fleisher Collection online

  • On the main library page - www.freelibrary.org - click "Catalog" in the blue "Find" panel;
  • In the "Search Our Catalog" window type "Fleisher Collection" and the composer, title, and/or keyword;
  • Search results can be sorted by author or title.


Focused catalogs
Fleisher musicologist Dr. Gary Galván (galvang@freelibrary.org) has prepared a number of focused catalogs, including:

  • Fleisher Collection: Latin American Orchestral Works
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works by Composers of African Descent
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works by Women Composers
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works Inspired by Shakespeare


These catalogs are available free as PDF files, upon request by email at fleisher@freelibrary.org. Entries in the online and focused catalogs include basic biographical data, instrumentation, and duration where available.

8.  Are you still adding works to the Fleisher Collection?

Absolutely. We're constantly seeking out new compositions for performance, and new performing editions of the standard repertoire. We're always mindful of Edwin Fleisher's desire to seek out and promote new, noteworthy, and neglected works.

9.  How do I borrow music from the Fleisher Collection?

Inquiries about availability of specific titles may be directed to us by phone at 215-686-5314 or by email at fleisher@freelibrary.org.

All reservations must be sent in writing via email to fleisher@freelibrary.org or by mail to:

The Fleisher Collection
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1116

We receive over a hundred actionable e-mails every day, and reservations are queued in the order in which they are received; It typically takes three to five business days to process and confirm an order.
To ensure prompt and accurate processing please be sure to include a detailed subject line and complete information.

All orders must be in writing and include the following information:

  • Composer(s) and title(s) of specific work(s)
  • String count (if less than 10.9.6.6.5 for orchestral works or 8.7.5.5.4 for concertos)
  • Concert date(s)
  • Date music is required (A specific calendar date is essential; orders marked ASAP will be returned for a specific date and delay processing)
  • Name of performing organization (please do not use abbreviations);
  • Name, title, and contact information (phone and e-mail) for person responsible for order
  • Shipping and billing address(es)
10.  How can I find Fleisher titles online?

Search the Fleisher Collection online

  • On the main library page - www.freelibrary.org - click "Catalog" in the blue "Find" panel;
  • In the "Search Our Catalog" window, type "Fleisher Collection" and the composer, title, and/or keyword;
  • Search results can be sorted by author or title.


Focused catalogs
Fleisher musicologist Dr. Gary Galván (galvang@freelibrary.org) has prepared a number of focused catalogs, including:

  • Fleisher Collection: Latin American Orchestral Works
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works by Composers of African Descent
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works by Women Composers
  • Fleisher Collection: Orchestral Works Inspired by Shakespeare

These catalogs are available free as PDF files upon request by emailing us at fleisher@freelibrary.org. Entries in the online and focused catalogs include basic biographical data, instrumentation, and duration where available.