Art Department

À Paris: Domestic Architecture from the Fifteenth through the Nineteenth Centuries, in the Art Hallway Gallery through March 5, 2017

African American Artists in the Philadelphia Area: Ephemera from Our Vertical Files in the Second Floor Landing Exhibition Cases through March 26


Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Presidents' Day


Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Room 208
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Art Department maintains a comprehensive reference and circulating collection of over 60,000 books on the fine arts, architecture, garden design, interior design, fashion, graphic arts, crafts, collectibles, and photography. Books are available for loan on all these topics, including a large circulating collection of instructional books on all aspects of arts, crafts – drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, papercrafts, etc. and photography. There are files on artists, architects, designers and collectors, and the art & architecture of Philadelphia. A significant collection of art periodicals may be used in the library and a small selection of popular magazines are available to borrow. Electronic resources include the Art Full Text periodical index, the Art Sales Index, Ask Art, and Gordon's Print datastore.

Exhibitions of work by local artist groups or material from our collections are always on display in our hallway gallery.