Drexel's City-Wide Tribute to Forever Dragons
On June 11, 2020, Drexel University honored the resilient Class of 2020 by turning the lights in Philadelphia blue and gold, including Drexel's Main Building, the iconic Mario statue, Philly's Boathouse Row, and other beloved landmarks.
Awarded "Best in Travel" for 2024 by Lonely Planet, there are plenty of unique opportunities to take part in, and both Visit Philadelphia and Campus Philly are great resources for you to learn more about it all.
Students at Drexel can access the many artistic, historical, and cultural attractions the city has to offer through region-specific academic courses, civic engagement opportunities, and easy access by public transportation. We refer to the city as our extended campus, and invite you to explore, learn about, and take advantage of all the city has to offer.
W.W. Hagerty Library – Drexel’s W. W. Hagerty Library is a great resource for all Drexel Dragons and includes access to over two million items with dynamic online databases, over 40,000 eJournals, and over 300,000 eBooks for Dragons to take advantage of.
The Academy Library and Archives – Free to students with a Drexel ID, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University holds more than 250,000 titles from 1520 to the present and includes rare and historic books, journals, art, artifacts, manuscripts, and photographs in addition to the 2,000 archival collections containing over a million items, including manuscripts, field notebooks, correspondence, films, journals, and photographs from 1692 to present.
Free Library of Philadelphia – With locations all across the city, the Free Library of Philadelphia is a network of local libraries where everyone who lives, works, or studies in the city can take advantage of its many resources and check out books. Be on the lookout for their readings and other special events!
American Philosophical Society (APS) Library – Dating back to the 18th century, this historical library has over thirteen million manuscripts and a significant amount of pieces from Benjamin Franklin’s (founder of the Society) personal library.
Writers Room – The College of Arts and Sciences' Writers Room brings together members of the Philadelphia and Drexel communities to explore writing as a tool for learning and a mode of creative expression, with a rich calendar of literary arts programming that focuses on creative placemaking and art for social justice. If you’re a writer, this is a great way to get plugged into student life here at Drexel.
Drexel Publishing Group – Housed in Drexel's Department of English and Philosophy, the Drexel Publishing Group offers undergraduate students firsthand experience in writing, editing, and publishing alongside faculty mentorship, along with promotion of contests and awards open to all undergraduate Drexel students.
Philadelphia Stories – With the mission of cultivating a community of writers, artists, and readers in the Greater Philadelphia Area, this nonprofit offers numerous opportunities for local writers to get published and find relevant professional development. Their conferences are particularly great chances to get plugged into Philadelphia’s literary scene.
Literary Philly – With a public calendar dedicated to showcasing all of Philly’s literary events, as the name states, Literary Philly provides numerous resources that lets writers in the area know about everything they can take advantage of. This is a great website to follow if you want to find local readings or open mics to enjoy or participate in!
Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site – As the former home of one of the most well-known American writers, Edgar Allen Poe, this National Historic Site offers the opportunity for you to explore where Poe wrote some of his greatest works of literature. Before heading over, make sure to check the hours of operation on their website.
Black Writers Museum (BWM) – Located in the historic Vernon House in Germantown, BWM is proud to be the only American museum of its kind showcasing exhibits of classic and contemporary Black literature and housing collections of first edition and autographed books as well as rare newspapers, photographs, and more. Throughout the year, the BWM also holds community events such as poetry readings, book signings, and community-based events.
Walt Whitman House – Open for tours if you call ahead, this Camden, NJ location — maintained by the Walt Whitman Association — aims to preserve the legacy of this great local poet. If you are passionate about the Whitman’s poetry, this is a great spot to check out.