Literature Department

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

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 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., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Mon., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Monday Poets | Fiona Sze-Lorrain & Beth Feldman Brandt

Mon, Nov 6, 6:00 P.M.

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Fiona Sze-Lorrain  is a poet, literary translator, and zheng harpist who writes and translates in…

Monday Poets | Andrew Nurkin & Poet TBA

Mon, Dec 4, 6:30 P.M.

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Andrew Nurkin’s poems have appeared in The Believer, North American Review, Los Angeles Review,…

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…

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…

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…

Monday Poets | Olga Dugan & Amy Barone

Mon, Apr 9, 6:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Room 108, 1st Floor, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet and Lindback Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia. Her…

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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.