Literature Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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.

Upcoming Closures

  • Tue., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Tue., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 21 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 18 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 19 : Closed Good Friday
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Upcoming Events

Monday Poets| Open Mic

Mon, Jan 7, 6:30 P.M.

MONDAY POETS at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2018-2019 includes two open mic programs, one in January of 2019 and one in April.…

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Love

Wed, Jan 23, 6:00 P.M.

Lecture will be held in Room 405. “What is love?” Feste sings in Twelfth Night. It is a question that Shakespeare keeps coming back to…

Book To Movie Night-

Mon, Jan 28, 6:00 P.M.

Our first film series for 2019 asks the question: what was better, the book or the movie? Ready Player One will be the first movie of this…

Monday Poets| Vernita Hall

Mon, Feb 11, 6:30 A.M.

VERNITA HALL is the author of Where William Walked (Willow Books), winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize for Poetry, and of the Robert Creeley…

I Love Books, Too

Wed, Feb 13, 6:30 P.M.

Love a good book and don't need a Valentine this year?  Come join us for an alternative twist on speed dating where genres are your…

Valentine’s Day Open Mic Poetry Readings

Thu, Feb 14, 6:30 P.M.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”   From Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes, and more,…

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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.