Parkway Central Library

Thursday, September 3 – Message from Staff

Greetings! We are opening our doors to the public Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, public services are limited to: 30-minute computers, restrooms, holds pick-up, reference services, children's book corner, and social workers. 

Please return all items to the Wood Street bookdrop box, as we are practicing safety measures due to COVID-19. The dropbox is open 24/7. Daily materials pick-up program (curbside) continues to operate Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Oct. 12 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Screen magnify tools
  • Screen-reading software (JAWS)
  • Self-service checkout
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL Nonprofit Nerds: Treat Yo Self - A Self-Care Manifesto for Nonprofit Workers During COVID-19

Mon, September 21, 2020 12:00 P.M.

Are you a nonprofit worker or job seeker who's feeling busier than ever right now? Baby, it's time for a self-care intervention! About this Event Are you a nonprofit worker or job seeker…

Virtual Messy Mondays

Mon, September 21, 2020 1:00 P.M.

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids,…

Exploring Food & Music: Latin Edition

Tue, September 22, 2020 2:00 P.M.

Do you enjoy music, food, and learning about different cultures? Join our Kitchen Manager, Naquawna, as she teaches us how to make Spanish Rice and Beans and gives a brief history of the Dominican…

VIRTUAL - Mock Interviews

Tue, September 22, 2020 2:00 P.M.

Learn how to ace an online job interview!  Schedule a virtual mock interview session between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to conquer difficult interview questions, set the scene for…



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

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.