Free Library of Philadelphia
 
Public Transportation
Bus Routes:
2 (nbound) 16th & Spring Garden (south of Vine, North of Race) 16th & Hamilton (Comm. College of Phila.)
2 (sbound) 17th & Vine
7 (nbound) 22nd & Ben Franklin Pkwy
7 (sbound) 21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy
27 (nbound) 16th & Spring Garden
27 (ebound) Broad & Vine
32 (nbound) 20th & Vine
32 (sbound) 21st & Ben Franklin
33 (nbound) 20th & Vine
33 (sbound) 21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy

Get the 32, 33, and 76 busses at the NE corner of 15th and JFK Blvd. There are bus shelters at that corner with the route numbers on them. The stop is across the street from City Hall; in front of the Municipal Services Building; to the right across 15th street is JFK plaza, where the "LOVE" sculpture is located.

38 (ebound) 20th & the Pkwy
38 (wbound)21st & the Pkwy
43 (ebound) 19th & Spring Garden
43 (wbound) 19th & Spring Garden
48 (nbound) 22nd & the Pkwy
48 (sbound) 21st & the Pkwy

Subway-Surface Lines:

Broad Street Subway (orange) get off at the Race-Vine stop, and walk 5 blocks west. Subway-Surface (green) get off at the 15th street, catch the 32, 33, or 76 at 15th and JFK. Market-Frankford (blue) get off at 15th street, exit to 15th and Market, walk one block north to 15th and JFK to catch the 32, 33, or 76.

Contact the SEPTA web site for schedules, route maps and fares.

Directions to the Central Library
From the North, via I-95
After Girard Avenue, exit, keep to the right. I-95 will split (stay in the second lane from the right); take the right-hand for for I-95 Central Philadelphia. Shortly after, it splits again; take the left fork for Rt. 676 West/ Central Philadelphia/ Route 30. In about a mile, take the Broad Street exit. After exiting, turn right at the first light onto Vine Street, proceed to 19th Street. The Central Library is on the right, on Vine Street, between 19th and 20th Streets.

From South via I-95
Take Exit 17, Route 676 West/Central Philadelphia. This is a left exit. Bear left for Route 676 West/Central Philadelphia/Route 30. Get back to the right; in about a mile, take Broad Street Exit. After exiting, turn right at the first light onto Vine Street, proceed to 19th Street. The Central Library is on the right, on Vine Street between 19th and 20th Streets.

From New Jersey via the Ben Franklin Bridge
At the end of the toll bridge, stay in the middle lanes. Take lanes for Route 676 West/Central Philadelphia. In about a mile take Broad Street exit. The curving ramp brings you to 15th Street heading south. Turn right at the first light onto Vine Street, proceed to 19th Street. The Library is on the right on Vine Street between 19 and 20th Streets.

From New Jersey via the Walt Whitman Bridge
Take Route 76 west to Route 676 East/Central Philadelphia and exit at Ben Franklin Pkwy/23rd Street. Follow directions for From the West, via I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway).

From New Jersey via the New Jersey Turnpike
Take Exit 4, Route 73 West. Take exit for the Betsy Ross Bridge (toll) into Pennsylvania, then take I-95 South. Follow direction for From the North via I-95.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
From the west: Take exit 24, Route 76 East, Schuylkill Expressway. Follow directions for From the West, via I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway). From the east: Take exit Exit 25, Route 476 South to Route 76 East, Schuylkill Expressway. Follow directions for From the West, via I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway).

From the West, via I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway)
Approaching Center City, look for Exit 38, Route 676 East/Central Philadelphia, which exits from the left. Take this and immediately go into the right lane. Take the first exit (it comes up very quickly), Benjamin Franklin Parkway/23rd Street. Take 23rd Street south, turn left on Race Street, proceed to 20th Street, turn left. Cross Benjamin Franklin Parkway (very wide with many lanes). The Central Library is on the right.

From Amtrak-
The Philadelphia stop is 30th Street Station. The best way from there is either by taxi (5 minutes) or by foot (20 minutes). There are taxi stands at either end of the station. To walk, exit from the east end of the station, cross 29th Street and take the bridge which is JFK Boulevard into Center City.
Turn left on 20th Street, go about four blocks and cross Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (It is wide with many lanes.) The Central Library is on the right at 20th and Vine Streets.

Using Public Transportation
Bus Routes 32, 33 and 76 stop at or within a block of the Library. From subway, transfer to the 32 or the 33 on JFK Boulevard.

Handicapped Entrance
There is an entrance on Wood Street that is handicapped accessible. Wood Street is located directly behind the Library, and runs parallel to Vine Street. Since it is a one-way street, you must enter from 19th Street.