Get Free Professional Headshots Done at the Library!

By Birch M. RSS Mon, August 28, 2023

Did you know that you can get a free, professional headshot done at the library? Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1–3 p.m., the Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center hosts free headshot sessions.

Read on to get all the details and answers to some questions you may have about the headshots program.

Who are headshots for? Anyone! Headshots are a valuable addition to any professional portfolio. They’re a great way to make your LinkedIn profile stand out to potential employers and colleagues. From business professionals, to job seekers, to students, a headshot can help you elevate your professional image.

Do I need to make an appointment ahead of time? No! Headshot appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend coming closer to 1 p.m. to get your name on the list as our photographer takes his last appointment at 2:50 p.m.

What should I wear? Whatever you feel comfortable wearing! Many patrons chose to wear business or business casual attire and some may choose to wear the clothes they might wear to work. For example, teachers may wear t-shirts repping their schools or a med student may choose to wear their white coat. 

What if I need to check my hair? Luckily, our photographer comes equipped with a small vanity mirror so you can make sure you look your best! The ground floor also has restrooms, including accessible, all-gender facilities. 

Join us in the Business Resource and Innovation Center on the ground floor of Parkway Central Library every 1st and 3rd Thursday! While you’re there, check out our concurrent programs:

  • 1st Thursday from 1–3 p.m.: Resume Review and Job Search Resources with Dress for Success Greater Philadelphia
  • 3rd Thursday from 2–4 p.m.: Office Hours with a Business Services Manager from the Philadelphia Department of Commerce

Check out all of the BRIC’s upcoming events on the Free Library's Events calendar.

Have a question for Free Library staff? Please submit it to our Ask a Librarian page and receive a response within two business days.

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I am interested is establishing my business name.
Tanya Shirer - Philadelphia
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Must we be Philadelphia residents to take advantage of this wonderful service or may we come from the surrounding areas?
Lauren Gerofsky - Lititz
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Hi Lauren! No, you do not need to be a Philadelphia resident to participate in our Headshots program. Anyone can come get their picture taken!
Birch - Parkway Central Library
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Hi Tanya! I would recommend checking out the Business Resource and Innovation Center's page ( to find resources on establishing a business.
Birch - Parkway Central Library
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

I need information regarding how to trademark my name, and the name future products I'm currently working on.
Karen - Philadelphia
Monday, January 8, 2024

Hello, are you still offering free headshots? Thanks!
Shimul Shah - Philadelphia
Monday, March 4, 2024

Hello Shimul Shah. I just checked. The main library at 19th & Vine are still taking headshots on 3rd Thursdays 1pm - 3pm in the BRIC program.
Rose Bright - Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Hello, are the headshots available to you the same day as the shoot?
Tyneisha - Philadelphia
Monday, April 1, 2024

hi i am looking to get 3 headshots done for my job is this something i can do here?
Shanae Bridgeford - delaware
Tuesday, June 11, 2024