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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CANCELLED - Self-Care Social

Wed, April 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

Merit Selection of Judges

Thu, May 14, 2020 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts for a discussion on the merit selection of judges.  This discussion will encapsulate the ongoing debate surrounding how our judges should be selected and the need for reform in the state of Pennsylvania. This event is free and open to the public…

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

Self-Care Social

Wed, May 27, 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