Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Closed Today
Sunday, 1/17 Closed
Monday, 1/18 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/19 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/20 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 1/21 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 1/22 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1/23 Closed
  • * Monday had hour changes – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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., Feb. 15 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
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Upcoming Events

Virtual Good Morning with Ms Naomi

Mon, January 25, 2021 9:30 A.M.

Join in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, for a good morning! Songs, books, fingerplays, and other fun ways to start your day.

Virtual Baby Storytime with Miss Mary

Mon, January 25, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for Baby Storytime on Facebook live (ParkwayCentralChildrens) Mondays at 10:30 am! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! The storytime will be available on our Facebook page…

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Mon, January 25, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design…

Community Nonprofit Virtual Seminar and Training

Mon, January 25, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Hosted by Council Member Isaiah Thomas and the Office of Children and Families, this virtual event offers an opportunity for Philly nonprofits to learn about resources, programs, and services…



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.