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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From Across the Waters

Mon, September 16, 2019 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join us at Parkway Central Library for a kick-off to Welcoming Week poetry reading and conversation with authors writing about immigration in today's America:  From Across the Waters .   This event will feature Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach…

Adult Young Adult Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Live Performances Discussion and Participation New Americans Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services New Americans Performing Arts Philadelphia Poetry Humanities Reimagined Parkway Central

Know Your Courts-Family Court

Thu, September 19, 2019 5:30 P.M.
Kingsessing Library

Court rules and processes are often intimidating and unfamiliar. Gain an understanding of Dependency, Child Custody, and Child Support, court matters that affect many families. This program is designed to bring you awareness and knowledge, so that you can become a more empowered and prepared…

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

Know Your Courts-Criminal Court

Mon, September 23, 2019 1:00 P.M.
Charles L. Durham Library

Court rules and processes are often intimidating and unfamiliar, but criminal matters are high stakes for all involved. Learn about criminal court processes, terms and possible outcomes. This program is designed to bring you awareness and knowledge, so that you can become a more empowered and…

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

Judicial Independence

Thu, September 26, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts for a conversation exploring the meaning of judicial independence and the importance of the judiciary being free of undue influence from the other two branches of government and private interests. This program is free and open to the public; it will be…

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