Art Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Open today 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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.

Upcoming Closures

  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 9 : Closed Columbus Day
  • Sat., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 23 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Parkway Central Library – Past, Present, and Future...

Now through Sun, August 13, 2017 5:00 P.M.

First imagined in the mid-1890s, begun in earnest in 1910, and finally completed in 1927, the Parkway Central Library building is a triumph of civic architecture and library science. The world and the building have undergone many changes since 1927. The inside of Parkway Central has been…

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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.