Literature Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5402

Open today until 9:00 p.m.

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.

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  • Sat., Dec. 23 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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  • Sun., Dec. 31 : Closed New Year's Day (Observed)
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Upcoming Events

Monday Poets | Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Mon, Jan 8, 6:30 P.M.

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An evening of poetry from the 2018-19 Philadelphia Poet Laureate, to be announced in December 2017 , and…

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Sex

Wed, Jan 17, 6:00 P.M.

Room 108 We all know Shakespeare’s plays are rife with dirty puns, but what about actual sex? How did sex motivate the plot and was sex (or…

Monday Poets | Yolanda Wisher & Lamont Dixon

Mon, Feb 5, 6:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Yolanda Wisher is the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. The author of Monk Eats an Afro , Wisher performs…

Shakespeare in Love: Open Mic Poetry Night

Wed, Feb 14, 6:00 P.M.

Skyline Room   ~  6pm - 8pm  “The course of true love never did run smooth.” From Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pablo…

Monday Poets | Catherine Staples & Ernest Hilbert

Mon, Mar 5, 6:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window and Never a Note Forfeit . Her poems and reviews have…

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Race

Wed, Mar 14, 6:00 P.M.

Room 108 Shakespeare’s England was a profoundly xenophobic culture, with most people considering the Irish an entirely different race than…

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The Literature Department contains over 100,000 volumes on literary theory, literary criticism, poetry, drama, essays, biographies of writers, folklore, journalism, dictionaries and language and linguistics. It also has the largest number of works by and about Shakespeare in the State of Pennsylvania.