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., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 9 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial 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

Author Visit: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Fri, January 27, 2023 10:30 A.M.
Cost: FREE

Join award-winning author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow on Friday, January 27th, at 10:30am for a very special Preschool storytime in the Montgomery Auditorium! She will read aloud from two of her…

Introducing Digital Skills: Computer Basics

Fri, January 27, 2023 2:00 P.M.

Join the digital skills learning circle and learn with us. We'll use online courses designed to help you learn the basics. Bring your own device or we can provide a laptop if necessary. More…

Teen Video Games

Fri, January 27, 2023 3:00 P.M.

Join us for video games at the Field Teen Center every Friday! We play a variety of games. New players and experienced pros welcome.    Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to…

One Magenta Afternoon: Remembering and Re-envisioning Black Queer Creative Expression - Film Screening and Discussion

Fri, January 27, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition   asserts that "what was lost can be found again in new poems, stories, songs, and dances." Like the Black queer Philadelphia…



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.