Were you trying to get tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at his meet-and-greet at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 29?

Well, you're out of luck. Tickets, which went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday on the Free Library's website (through the events page), sold out in nine minutes, said library spokeswoman Sandy Horrocks.

Springsteen is holding a meet-and-greet with fans to promote his new memoir, Born to Run, at the Central Branch at noon Sept. 29 (the line will open at 10:30 a.m.). Tickets were $33 and include a pre-signed copy of the book, which will officially hit shelves Sept. 27.

Springsteen and his E Street Band just came off two shows last week at Citizens Bank Park (read Dan DeLuca's review of the first night), the first of which broke Springsteen's record for his longest show ever on U.S. soil, clocking in at about 4 hours and 4 minutes.

Numerous people had problems trying to get tickets online Friday. If you clicked on the Free Library's events link and got a message that read "Service Temporarily Unavailable!," you weren't the only one.

Horrocks admitted the libary's events website crashed Friday morning and the library system's phone lines were tied up because of people trying to get Springsteen tickets.

"We hoped it wouldn't," she said. "This was the first time this has happened."

The library knew there would be high demand, but didn't expect the website-crashing onslaught.

"We don't do rock concerts," said Horrocks. "I gather this happens with mega stars. The volume so quickly is not so normal for us. ... I don't think we knew it would sell out that quickly."

The library offered 1,200 tickets for Springsteen's meet-and-greet. Those people will get wristbands when they enter the library, at 1901 Vine St., and will then stand in line to meet Springsteen. The musician will not deliver a talk, though he is expected to shake hands with his fans.

"People can take a selfie with him," Horrocks said.

The library said Springsteen will not be signing any kind of memorabilia.

Even before the sell-out, a storm about the demand was brewing on social media.

Horrocks said Springsteen is expected to be on the first floor of the library, in the back room where government publications used to be housed. 

"We're just delighted he chose the Free Library to come to in Philadelphia," said Horrocks. "It says a lot about him and literacy and reading. We've had some major personalities in the past."

The library will still be open to other patrons, but if you don't have a ticket and get a wristband, you won't be able to see Springsteen, Horrocks said.

Since Springsteen will be in a back room of the library, might fans be able to sneak a peek of him from Wood Street, behind the facility?

"I guess they could do that," Horrocks said. But, she said, there "will be extra security."