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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Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War

Sun, November 17, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

The robust anti-war movement in Vietnam has a history that is largely unknown.  Join Don Carver, co-editor of "Waging Peace in Vietnam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War", in partnership with several soldier-poets featured in the book for an engrossing discussion…

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Family Court

Thu, November 21, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

When it comes to the sensitive topic of parents and children going to court, better knowledge of the court system and your rights help prepare you for the justice system and for any of its outcomes. This program will cover three topics of Family Court: Dependency, Child Custody and Child…

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Self-Care Saturday

Sat, November 23, 2019 12:00 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.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more…

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Self-Care Saturday

Sat, December 21, 2019 12:00 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.   Program for teens ages 12-18 only. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more…

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

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