Philbrick Hall

1901 Vine Street, Room 103
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., Sep. 2 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 14 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Mon., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 28 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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Upcoming Events

Short Story Book Club

Mon, August 12, 2024 6:00 P.M.

Introducing a new book club at the Parkway Central Library! On the second Monday of each month, we’ll meet from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Philbrick Hall department to discuss a collection of short stories. The collection we'll be discussing at our first meeting is Gorilla, My Love by…

Short Story Book Club

Mon, September 9, 2024 6:00 P.M.

Introducing a new book club at the Parkway Central Library! On the second Monday of each month, we’ll meet from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Philbrick Hall department to discuss a collection of short stories. September’s book will be the award-winning, genre-bending collection Her Body and…

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, and LGBTQIA+ literature. We also have a large collection of contemporary memoirs   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.