Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
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., Sep. 5 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Street parking
  • Baby changing station
  • Computers for public use
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Photocopier (black/white)
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Scanner
  • Self-service checkout
  • Street parking
  • Public restrooms

Upcoming Events

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, August 15, 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…

Still Doing Life: 22 Lifers, 25 Years Later

Now through Mon, August 15, 2022 12:00 P.M.

Opens for public view on Monday June 27th . Special after hours opening reception Thursday June 30th 6:00 - 8:00 pm . Please RSVP on Eventbrite  for the reception. This exhibition of a…

Movie Mondays

Mon, August 15, 2022 2:00 P.M.

A new movie every Monday screening at the Field Teen Center.  Programs at the Field Teen Center are open to individuals ages 12 to 18. Contact or call 215-686-5395…

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Tue, August 16, 2022 10:00 A.M.

This workshop will be held in person at the Parkway Central Library. Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? This workshop will provide you with an overview of how to write…



Parkway Central Library Welcomes You [A downloadable brochure for a self-guided tour]

Video Tour through Parkway Central [background blog post with embedded videos]

Designed by Julian Abele, a prominent African American architect from Philadelphia who worked in Horace Trumbauer’s firm, the Parkway Central Library first opened its doors on June 2, 1927. As an anchor cultural and educational institution on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, we welcome over 1 million visitors each year from the city, its countryside, and around the world. Our patrons come to learn from our public events, to consult our special collections, and to tap the expertise of our librarians and curators in each of the subject departments and special collections. On most days, volunteer docents offer architectural walks through the building.