Parkway Central Library

Wednesday, February 3 – Message from Staff

Reference service is now available 12-4 pm Monday through Friday at the Parkway Central Library.  Drop in service is in the lobby, and the subject departments will schedule appointments for individual research. Look for the appointment link in each department page.

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Children's librarians will be available 2-4 pm Monday through Friday in the lobby at the Parkway Central Library! 

There is a browsing collection selected by the children's librarians available for self checkout borrowing in the lobby in front of the Chidlren's service desk.

While the department is closed, you may return Children's materials to the drop box on Wood Street or in the lobby.

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Welcome to Parkway Central Library! To help limit the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Parkway Central Library is offering limited services 12-4 pm Monday through Friday.

GOOD NEWS! Parkway Central is offering self service holds pickup and checkout.  Assistance is available if needed. 

If you need contactless pickup between 10am-12 noon call us at 215-686-5320 to set up your appointment to pick up DVDs, music CDs, hardback and paperback books, audiobook CDs, Large Print titles, and more for Children, Teens, Adults, and Seniors. Place your reserves online or by phone. 

For general questions, please call our Free Library Call Center at 1-833-TALKFLP.

Be well and thank you for your support,

Parkway Central Staff

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Please return all items to the Wood Street bookdrop box, as we are practicing safety measures due to COVID-19. The dropbox is open 24/7. The library is open for self service holds pick up, selected browsing shelves for children and teens, reference service and half hour computer reservations 12-4pm Monday through Friday..

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Closed Today
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
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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

Virtual Sundays on Stage: The Principles of Hip Hop: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun with Hip Hop Fundamentals

Sun, May 16, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Explore the roots of hip hop culture with Hip Hop Fundamentals. Dynamic and energetic dancers use breakdancing and audience participation to explore hip hop’s rich cultural history and how…

VIRTUAL Trademarks 101: Learn the Basics

Mon, May 17, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Do you want to trademark your logo, brand name, or slogan?  Join us to learn more about the three different types of trademarks available for businesses and entrepreneurs and where to…

In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary!

Mon, May 17, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for our friends…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

Now through Mon, May 17, 2021 1:00 P.M.

The Making Her Mark exhibition, open by appointment weekday afternoons in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library, offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and…



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

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.