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1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
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Central Library: Welcome to the cornerstone of the Free Library system. Opened in 1927, the Parkway Central Library contains more than 7 million items and many special collections. We hope to see you at our events throughout the year. While you are here, be sure to visit the H.O.M.E PAGE Café for a treat.

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Parkway Central Library Tours
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m.*

Explore the grand Beaux-Arts building which is an important part of Philadelphia’s past and present with this specialized tour of the Parkway Central Library, which opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1927. The free tour, which begins in the lobby, showcases Parkway Central’s unique architecture and history, while covering the many collections and services that make the Free Library such a valuable and critical resource to Philadelphians. At the end of the tour, participants will be given the option to continue their experience by joining the free, daily tour of the Rare Book Department at 11:00 a.m., which explores the history of the book along with some of the Library’s most rare holdings.

*There is no Rare Book Department tour afterwards.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00PM
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Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00PM
SmART Readers: Art and Literacy Program More
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