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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library



The Force is strong at Los Angeles Public Library!

December 24, 2015

Unless you are living in a galaxy far, far away you have heard about the December 18, 2015 release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Fans of all ages of the Star Wars movies are excited about this new chapter in the saga.

November is National Scholarship Month

November 10, 2015

According to data from the Labor Department, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80% between 2003 and 2013. That’s nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care costs. In fact, the price of higher education is growing faster than most household incomes can keep up with.

County clerk. San Augustine, Texas

Test Preparation for Municipal Occupational Exams

October 10, 2015

Some of the most commonly requested items from the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department are study guides for municipal occupational exams, such as the Administrative Clerk position (formerly called Clerk Typist).

The City of Los Angeles' 311

September 19, 2015

In the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department we often field questions from residents of the City of Los Angeles pertaining to city services and the government.  In support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s commitment to increasing access to city services,  the Los Angeles Public Library’s h

Take a trip down Memory Lane

July 07, 2015

Recently, we found a folder tucked away at the back of a file cabinet in the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May 20, 2015

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush declared that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, after resolutions passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. President Barack Obama further supported this resolution with his own proclamation issued on April 30, 2013, in which he stated:

Don’t Wake Me Up If I’m Dreaming

March 12, 2015

The theories of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists will never do justice to the fullness of our existence if they only focus on the qualities of waking life.—Kelly Bulkeley

Members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union

Women, Activism and Religion in America

September 19, 2014

Although many of the world's religions have traditionally more patriarchal structures, women have nevertheless played important roles. Specifically in America's history, women have pioneered the way for activism and social justice.

American circus tent

The Power of Popular Culture

August 11, 2014

“Popular culture represents a common denominator, something that cuts across most economic, social and educational barriers.”- Edward Jay Whetmore


Women's History Month

March 12, 2014

“Throughout our Nation's history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy.