Children's Department

1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor - Room 22
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Closed Today
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., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas 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

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, September 26, 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…

Fall Family Storytime at Sister Cities Park!

Tue, September 27, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Get bundled up for storytime! Friends are welcome to join Miss Mary for Fall Family Storytimes at Sister Cities Park, in conjunction with Center City District! Enjoy fall-themed stories and…

Play Palooza!

Tue, September 27, 2022 3:30 P.M.

Come have fun with us, and explore new play-based activities each week! Join us on Tuesdays in the Story Hour Room! 

Outdoor Music and Movement!

Wed, September 28, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Ms Naomi Wednesdays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Music and Movement! Enjoy songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement!…

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.