Literature Department

1901 Vine Street, Room 207
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Closed Today
Sunday, 10/10 Closed
Monday, 10/11 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed
Tuesday, 10/12 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/13 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/14 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/15 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/16 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Indigenous Peoples' Day
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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Upcoming Events

Monday Poets: Sham-e-Ali & Vasiliki Katsaru

Mon, October 18, 2021 6:30 P.M.

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Tickets…

Monday Poets: Lisa Baron Alexander & Anthony Carelli

Mon, November 15, 2021 6:30 P.M.

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations. Anthony…

Monday Poets

Mon, December 20, 2021 6:00 P.M.

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Save the…

 

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
  • ESL and foreign language learning books and CDs

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.

Research Resources

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.