Children's Department

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor - Room 22
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today until 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 5/22 Closed
Monday, 5/23 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/24 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/25 Closed
Thursday, 5/26 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5/27 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *
Saturday, 5/28 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for the Memorial Day holiday
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Services By Appointment

Services

Facilities

  • Baby changing station
  • Books in braille
  • Children's only restroom
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Street parking
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

OUTDOOR Yoga Storytime with Ms. Becky in Shakespeare Park

Fri, May 27, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join us for yoga stories & songs, plus movement, meditation, and mindfulness for children age infant-5 and their caregivers! This event is FREE and open to the public. At Yoga…

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, June 6, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at Shakespeare Park, across the street from the library! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2…

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, June 13, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at Shakespeare Park, across the street from the library! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2…

Family Storytime at Parkway Pals!

Tue, June 14, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for a Family Storytime and to-go craft, while supplies last! This in-person, outdoor storytime will take place at Sister Cities Park and is in collaboration with Center City…

The Central Library Children's Department provides library service to children, families, and educators in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding region. It represents the largest collection of children's books and materials in the Delaware Valley. Special collections and services include children's books in over 50 languages and the Preschool Center featuring furniture specially designed for toddlers.