Service 01

significant works, both classic and modern

The Great Books Foundation provides selections of books both classic and modern works of prose, poetry, and drama from which local discussions and regional institutes draw their materials. This is often supplemented by local choices from significant works of fiction and non-fiction, philosophy, political science, poetry, and drama.

For a list of titles of previous institutes check out

Philadelphia Fall Institute Readings,
Philadelphia Great Books Council Spring Institute Readings,
Great Books at Colby Readings

Service 02

Discussion Rules
fair for everyone - leaders and participants

Great Books espouses a unique set of rules to help keep discussions fair for everyone. These include rules for leaders as well as group participants.

For details, read about the Shared Inquiry method.

Service 03

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

The list of ongoing Great Books groups in these four areas are arranged by town with venue, times, and contact provided. Please do email the contact for the groups that interest you. They can provide the list of books and any pertinent information you may need.

Our regional institutes are held in Bucks County and the Poconos in Pennsylvania as well as a week at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

For the New England and Long Island councils, please visit

For other regions, please visit the Great Books Foundation Book Groups and Councils.

Service 04

attentive, involved, engaging

One thing is apparent about the Great Books commitment to quality. It draws the most interested and interesting people from around the country into the discussions. These thoughtful adults and children
(at the Junior Great Books camp) enjoy lively discussions of the stimulating texts.