Free Library of Philadelphia
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Street Address
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
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This branch is handicapped accessible  Handicapped Accessible
Parkway 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

Building Tours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sunday (Available in July and August 2016) at 2:00 p.m.
Rare Book Department Tours:
Monday – Saturday at 11:00 a.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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Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:00PM
Pop-up Concert Featuring the Citywide Specials More
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