Children's Department

1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor - Room 22
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Closed Today
Sunday, 6/16 Closed
Monday, 6/17 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/18 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/19 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Closed *
Thursday, 6/20 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/21 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6/22 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • * Wednesday has hour changes – Juneteenth
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Thu., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
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  • Baby changing station
  • Books in braille
  • Children's only restroom
  • Electrical outlets available
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Street parking
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, June 17, 2024 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Nice weather? We'll…

Chess Club for Kids!

Mon, June 17, 2024 3:30 P.M.

Join us each Monday from 3:30-4:30pm for Chess Club! Kids 12 and under are welcome to play and learn with support from a skilled chess player. All supplies provided. No experience is necessary;…

Family Storytime at Parkway Pals!

Tue, June 18, 2024 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…

Ants on a Log Family Concert!

Tue, June 18, 2024 11:00 A.M.

Join us for a musical performance by local group, Ants on a Log.  Ants on a Log concerts are fun and interactive, full of humor and harmony, justice and joy!  This program is…


Welcome, friends!

The Central Library Children's Department provides library service to children ages 0-12, 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.

Children's Department staff provide regular storytimes, free-play programs, afterschool activities and homework help as part of LEAP, and so much more! In the warmer months many programs are held outdoors in favorable weather.

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