Science and Wellness

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Wednesday, March 17 – Message from Staff

The contents of Automobile Reference Collection have been transferred to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Library & Research Center and the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

For reference assistance and inquiries about materials formerly held at the Free Library, call the AACA Library at (717) 534-2082, visit their website, or contact librarian Chris Ritter at  To contact the Simeone Foundation Library, use this online form.

Friday, October 15 – Message from Staff

We're excited to announce a new Plant Swap in partnership with Philly Plant Exchange!  You're encouraged to bring in a cutting and swap it for another to take home.  The Plant Swap is available during all open hours at Parkway Central.

1901 Vine Street, Room 202
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. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 15 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 17 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
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The collection in the Science & Wellness Department (S&W) covers a diverse group of subjects including medical, health, and parenting materials and works on engineering, the sciences, computers, and technology. S&W also offers materials on cooking, pets, gardening, personal finance, and consumer information. The mechanically minded searching for appropriate "how-to" guides can also find assistance in this department.