Children's Department

1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor - Room 22
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.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., Feb. 20 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 7 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 9 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
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Services By Appointment



  • 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

Music and Movement!

Wed, February 1, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms Naomi Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Montgomery Auditorium for Music and Movement. Enjoy songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement! This program is intended for…

Read to a Therapy Dog!

Wed, February 1, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Independent readers and children who are learning to read are invited to practice their reading skills with a certified therapy dog from Comfort Caring Canines. Yes, you can pet them, too! Dogs…

Storytime Adventures!

Thu, February 2, 2023 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Liz each Thursday at 10:30am for a storytime adventure, where we'll read books, sing songs, and explore a new theme each week! Check facebook and instagram on the morning of the…

Creative Constructing: Wooden Block Party!

Thu, February 2, 2023 3:30 P.M.

Join Miss Mary for a Wooden Block Party! Use wooden blocks to create amazing structures enhanced by people, dinosaurs, and more! Come build something with us, with exciting new projects each week!…

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.