Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
215-686-5322
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Open today 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 14: Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16: Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 29: Closed Memorial Day
  • Tue., Jul. 4: Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 4: Closed Labor Day
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Upcoming Events

Ask-a-Nurse

Tue, Feb 28, 10:00 A.M.

Every Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., an on-site nurse will be available at a table in the lobby to check blood pressures, measure…

Preschool Storytime with Miss Leigh!

Tue, Feb 28, 11:00 A.M.

Stories, songs and movement activities for children ages 2 - 5 and their caregivers.  Younger siblings are always welcome.  Free; no…

E-Gadget Help Desk

Tue, Feb 28, 3:00 P.M.

Bring your smart phones, tablets, e-readers and laptops to the e-gadget help desk every Tuesday and Thursday. A gadget…

A Taste of African Heritage

Tue, Feb 28, 6:30 P.M.

Diabetes is not a part of African heritage. Neither is heart disease. Together, we can reclaim health by reclaiming history. Traditionally,…

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Tue, Feb 28, 7:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her…

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Wed, Mar 1, 11:00 A.M.

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Wednesday at 11 a.m. (repeat of the Monday 11 a.m.…

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Parkway Central Library Tours

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Building Tours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
1st Sunday Tour - Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Rare Book Department Tours:

Monday – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Explore the grand Beaux-Arts building which is an important part of Philadelphia's past and present with this specialized tour of the Parkway Central Library, which opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1927. The free tour, which begins in the lobby, showcases Parkway Central's unique architecture and history, while covering the many collections and services that make the Free Library such a valuable and critical resource to Philadelphians. At the end of the tour, participants will be given the option to continue their experience by joining the free, daily tour of the Rare Book Department at 11:00 a.m., which explores the history of the book along with some of the Library's most rare holdings.

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Welcome to the cornerstone of the Free Library system. Opened in 1927, the Parkway Central Library contains more than 7 million items and many special collections. We hope to see you at our events throughout the year.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes:

2 (nbound)16th & Spring Garden (south of Vine, North of Race) 16th & Hamilton (Comm. College of Phila.)2 (sbound)17th & Vine7 (nbound)22nd & Ben Franklin Pkwy7 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy27 (nbound)16th & Spring Garden27 (ebound)Broad & Vine32 (nbound)20th & Vine32 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin33 (nbound)20th & Vine33 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy

Get the 32, 33, and 76 busses at the NE corner of 15th and JFK Blvd. There are bus shelters at that corner with the route numbers on them. The stop is across the street from City Hall; in front of the Municipal Services Building; to the right across 15th street is JFK plaza, where the "LOVE" sculpture is located.

 

38 (ebound)20th & the Pkwy38 (wbound)21st & the Pkwy43 (ebound)19th & Spring Garden43 (wbound)19th & Spring Garden48 (nbound)22nd & the Pkwy48 (sbound)21st & the Pkwy

Subway-Surface Lines:

Broad Street Subway (orange) get off at the Race-Vine stop, and walk 5 blocks west. Subway-Surface (green) get off at the 15th street, catch the 32, 33, or 76 at 15th and JFK. Market-Frankford (blue) get off at 15th street, exit to 15th and Market, walk one block north to 15th and JFK to catch the 32, 33, or 76.