Education Philosophy and Religion Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Sunday, 4/21 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 4/22 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4/23 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 4/24 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4/25 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 4/26 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/27 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Sunday has hour changes – Easter
  • * Friday has hour changes – staff development day
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 26 : Closed staff development day
  • Mon., May. 27 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Columbus Day
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Upcoming Events

I Voted, Now What?

Wed, April 24, 2019 7:00 P.M.

Kendra Cochran, POWER’s Voter Engagement Coordinator, will educate and empower voters to make great decisions, and keep their elected officials accountable. She will highlight the voting process from registration to the voting poll and how the census is related.   POWER is…

Adult Young Adult Speakers and Lectures Citizenship Social Justice

Spanish Language Learning Circle - Information Session

Tue, May 7, 2019 6:00 P.M.

Are you interested in learning Spanish or brushing up on your existing Spanish language skills? Have you ever started an online course only to lose motivation a few sessions in and never finish? Do you want to meet new people and explore adult learning opportunities at the library? Join us at…

Adult Young Adult Senior Community Events Discussion and Participation Workshops and Enrichment Education Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Language Study Literacy

The Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department provides print, electronic information, and indexes concerning education, philosophy, ethics, religion, mythology, the occult, psychology, self-help, and librarianship. College financial aid information, test preparation material, and vo-tech information are all available here. It is also home to the WORKPLACE.


Historical Philadelphia Sermons and Essays

Includes sermons and essays that were mostly given at Philadelphia churches on topics such as the abolition of slavery and abstinence from alcohol. Some sermons date back to the 1700s, and all were garnered from our Historic Pamphlet Collection. Located in the Education Philosophy and Religion Department on the second floor of Parkway Central.

Reading ListsLibrarian curated reading lists on various EPR topics.

Historic Philadelphia Pamphlet Collection

The Education Philosophy and Religion department maintains a historic collection of pamplets pertaining to our subject matter that dates from the mid 1700's to the late 1900's.

Education: A collection of brochures and essays on local K-12 public education and higher education. Many University of Pennsylvania sources. Dates range from the 19th century to the mid 20th century. Includes alumni brochures, educational efforts of WWII, and local vocational school information. This material may also be of interest to genealogists, alumni and class rolls are sometimes found and these do sometimes include addresses.

Historic Churches: Consists of local, regional (New England and South), and British publications issued by specific churches. Common topics include anniversary celebrations, building additions and architectural details, cornerstone layings, etc. The majority of the pamphlets are from the 19th century but some date back to the early 18th century. This is a good place to look for genealogical information as pew holders, congregation members, prominent  elders, etc. along with addresses are often included in the pamphlet.

Libraries: Historic materials relating to the history of the Free Library of Philadelphia can be found here along with information on other local library holdings and histories. Includes some ALA publications.

Missions: Includes missionary activities of various denominations in the US and abroad. It also includes pamphlets issued by the YMCA and YM&WHA (Young Men and Women's Hebrew Association) for lack of a more appropriate category in which to place them. 

Sermons, Essays, and Addresses: Look here for sermons delivered by specific ministers or orators and any other essay or address dealing with religion, morality, or ethics. Includes some radio broadcast sermon transcripts originally aired in the 40's and 50's.

Society of Friends: Histories of various Meeting Houses and Quakerism in Pennsylvania, the Northeast, and the UK. Biographies of prominent Quakers are found here along with an incomplete run of the Pendle Hill Bulletin. Please note that this category is split into two tables: one if for Pennsylvania only, the other is for all other geographic locales.


Databases that cover education, philosophy, religion, and library science that are available to all Free Library patrons.  A library card may be required to access these links. Don't have a FLP Library Card? Get one here

Education, teaching, and library science research databases

Learning support and test preparation databases

  • Brainfuse: Get the help you need, when you need it! Connect live and chat one-on-one with a tutor everyday between 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., or submit your resume or cover letter for review, and brush up on your skills 24/7. Available in English and Spanish.
  • LearningExpressLibrary 3.0: Practice tests and test preparation study materials for academic and professional tests, including the SAT and GRE. Watch our video tutorial.
  • Free access to thousands of courses in business, technology, and creative skills taught by industry experts.
  • March2Success: Practice materials for the ASVAB, SAT, and ACT exams. Perfect for students considering a military career.


  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public.
  • JSTOR (only available in Free Library locations): This full text database includes 100+ academic journals forcusing on the study of philosophy.


  • JSTOR (only available in Free Library locations): This full text database includes 100+ academic journals forcusing on the study of religion.

Additional Links

  • An online database of websites we have collected that are pertinent to the Education Philosophy and Religion Department. Use the tags on the left-hand side to navigate to the subject of your choice.