Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
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

  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Street parking
  • Baby changing station
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Scanner
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Public restrooms

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime

Mon, October 3, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at Shakespeare Park, across the street from the library! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2…

Teen Movie Mondays

Mon, October 3, 2022 2:00 P.M.

A new movie every Monday screening at the Field Teen Center.  Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact or call 215-686-5395…

Chess Club for Kids!

Mon, October 3, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Join us each Monday in October (except October 10) for Chess Club! Kids 12 and under are welcome to play and learn with support from a skilled chess player. All supplies provided. No experience is…

For the Love of Collections

Mon, October 3, 2022 6:30 P.M.

This new six-week course with Professor Greg Cowper will explore the psychology of collecting with a selective examination of collections themselves. The class will trace the evolution of…



Parkway Central Library Welcomes You [A downloadable brochure for a self-guided tour]

Video Tour through Parkway Central [background blog post with embedded videos]

Designed by Julian Abele, a prominent African American architect from Philadelphia who worked in Horace Trumbauer’s firm, the Parkway Central Library first opened its doors on June 2, 1927. As an anchor cultural and educational institution on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, we welcome over 1 million visitors each year from the city, its countryside, and around the world. Our patrons come to learn from our public events, to consult our special collections, and to tap the expertise of our librarians and curators in each of the subject departments and special collections. On most days, volunteer docents offer architectural walks through the building.