Free Library of Philadelphia Reimagined Parkway Central Library

Experience two new floors of public space for the 21st-century library user.

Conceived by the Free Library and designed by acclaimed Moshe Safdie Architects, the new spaces opening this April are a culmination of over a decade of renovations to restore and reimagine the historic Parkway Central Library for today's–and tomorrow's–library users. Increasing the amount of public space from 35% (when renovations began in 2006) to 68%, the creative repurposing of nearly 41,000 square feet of public and staff space is the largest renovation since Parkway Central was completed in 1927.


Join us April 12–14, 2019 to celebrate the grand opening of these striking new spaces:

The Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement

First Floor | 7,200 square feet
An active gathering space for diverse programs and civic engagement.

Marie and Joseph Field Teen Center

Ground Floor | 4,000 square feet
Special programming and a gaming area–exclusively for teens.

Business Resource and Innovation Center

Ground Floor | 8,200 square feet
A new hub for Philadelphia's entrepreneurs, inventors, nonprofits, and job seekers.

PECO and Comcast NBCUniversal are lead sponsors of innovative workforce development programs and digital literacy classes in the new spaces.


Upcoming Events

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Self-Care Social

Wed, January 29, 2020 3:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Field Teen Center, Ground Floor. Come take time for yourself as we explore efforts and crafts to help meet our physical, emotional, and mental health needs.   Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact…

Young Adult Other Great Programs Health and Fitness Self-Help Teens meditation Reimagined Parkway Central

History of the Philadelphia Flower Show

Wed, January 29, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The History of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Since its first exhibition in 1829, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has introduced beautiful new plants, inspiring design concepts, and innovative environmental practices to the American public at its annual show. Having begun as a…

Adult Young Adult Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Family Programs Discussion and Participation Community Events Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Philadelphia Philadelphia History Science Reimagined Parkway Central

Criminal Court

Thu, January 30, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

When taken to court, criminal matters involve very high stakes for anyone involved. Therefore, developing knowledge of the criminal process beyond TV dramas and movies is vital for an individual’s ability to advocate for themselves and for others in their community. This presentation will…

Adult Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Discussion and Participation Community Events Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Government Information Law Social Science Social Justice Reimagined Parkway Central

Digital Manipulation and the Political Campaign

Thu, February 6, 2020 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Political campaigns have used the media to influence voters.  Yet, in today's online environment, social media is reaching a new audience of potential voters. This program seeks to ask and answer several pertinent questions about the use of social media on the campaign trail: Why do…

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