Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 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., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' 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

Feet First Fridays!

Fri, June 9, 2023 9:00 A.M.

CANCELED due to hazardous air quality! Grab your sneakers and water bottle, we're going on a walk! Enjoy the great outdoors, exercise, and get to know your community. Whether you are an…

Gadget Help?

Fri, June 9, 2023 10:15 A.M.

Need one on one help with your gadgets? Our Digital Resource Specialist are taking appointmsnets to help with computer tablets, smart phone, and other electronics devices. Call or visit the Gadget…

Preschool Storytime with Ms. Scout

Fri, June 9, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms. Scout for stories, songs, and rhymes, and stay for playtime afterwards! Intended for our friends ages 6 and under and their caregivers. In good weather, this program will…

JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ Virtual Information Session

Fri, June 9, 2023 11:00 A.M.

Are you a Philadelphia resident age 55+ and looking for employment? JEVS Human Services can help! JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ invites you to attend a virtual information session! This FREE…



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.