New Play Reading Series with Philadelphia Dramatists Guild
Join us for the third new play in the series ! Drive-Thru Therapy by Nickolette Jones September 28, 2023 —Room 108 A lonely man, Frank, seeks solace at a Wendy's drive-thru to the dismay…
Treasures from the Literature Vault
Do you love old books? Then join us for Treasures from the Vault– a casual, hands-on book club program spotlighting items from the Literature vault! The vault, home to our closed reference…
29th Season of Monday Poets Continues!
Join us as we kick off one the longest continously running programs at FLP! Monday Poets 29th season and this year we are back onsite and the readings will take place in the Literature…
29th Season of Monday Poets Continues!
Join us as we kick off one the longest continously running programs at FLP! Monday Poets 29th season and this year we are back onsite and in the Literature Department on the 2nd floor. …
The Literature Department is located with the Art Department in Pepper Hall, 2nd floor, Parkway Central, and houses over 60,000 books of American, English and World Literature. Our collection includes:
- Poetry, plays, essays, humor, folklore, letters and author biographies
- Criticism of American, English and World Literature, including criticism of novels and short stories
- Writing and citation guidebooks
- Books on movies, theater, journalism and media studies
- Linguistics and books about the English language
Please note novels and short stories in English and foreign languages are found in Philbrick Hall on the first floor.
Some highlights of the Literature Department’s collection:
The 23-volume Oxford English Dictionary with the four-volume Additions series, invaluable for tracing the etymology and history of English words, is on reference in our Dictionary section.
An up-to-date list of our current periodical holdings:https://catalog.freelibrary.org/Community/lists/43489/
Please see our booklists for reading suggestions, here: https://catalog.freelibrary.org/Community/users/Literature/
For anyone one doing 19th century research, we own Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1881) and Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (1824-1990). The full-text of most of the citations listed is available on microfilm.
The Ottemiller Collection, which includes reference copies of significant, English-language plays from 1900-1985.
A large, in-depth collection of works by and about Shakespeare, some of which circulate and some of which are Reference. The collection includes original copies of Howard Henry Furness’s Variorum, and many 18th and 19th century American and English imprints of Shakespeare’s works (in remote storage). To request any of these items please ask for assistance at the reference desk as they are located in our regional offsite center also known as ROC.
Entering its 29th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local, national, and international reputations. Monday Poets is one of the longest continuously running programs at the Free Library and we are excited for you to join us this season onsite in room 108 at Parkway Central Library at 6:30pm.
For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literature Department at 215-686-5403 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View past Monday Poets readings:
The Literature has commissioned musicians to respond to poetry and other holdings of our collection. To listen to or see past performances visit our Literature Department channel on Archive.org.
In addition please take a look at our listing of additional electronic resources located here.
Educators! We are here for you!
Are you an educator interested in bringing a class to the Literature Department? You may contact us in advance by emailing ErefLit@freelibrary.org and let us know what kinds of library materials would best support your course and we will work with you to help you gather books and other materials on a given subject.