Philbrick Hall

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5320

Open today until 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

  • Mon., Feb. 17 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 10 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 12 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 25 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Upcoming Events

Galactic Philadelphia Speculative Fiction Reading Series | Sarah Kozloff and Andrew Katz

Tue, February 11, 2020 7:00 P.M.

Cost: FREE

First Floor Heim Center - Room 131 After decades as an academic, holding an endowed chair as a professor of film at Vassar College, Sarah Kozloff tried her hand at fiction writing. The result is a 4-volume epic fantasy, The Nine Realms, which will be released on a rapid publication schedule in…

Adult Young Adult Author Events Science Fiction Fantasy Speculative Fiction

Romancing the Library

Sat, February 15, 2020 12:00 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Philly Loves Romance presents: Romancing the Library Join local romance authors in the lobby of the Parkway Central Library for a day of Valentine’s fun! A dozen local authors will be selling and signing their romance novels. There will be snacks, drinks, and a craft station where all ages…

Adult Author Events Romance

Philbrick Hall, located on the first floor, is where you can check out items as well as where adults and teens can join the library or deal with fines and other account issues.

The department's collections include current best sellers, DVDs and audiobooks, and the largest fiction collection in the state of Pennsylvania. There are featured sections for fiction by African-American writers; graphic novels, genre fiction including mystery, horror, romance, fantasy, and science fiction, classic fiction, gay/lesbian literature, and books just for teenagers.  A modest sample of fiction written in foreign languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese is also available. An extensive video collection spans the silent era through recent box office hits as well as documentary films, instructional videos, opera, and foreign language films.