Parkway Central Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance.

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
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., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sun., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
  • Mon., Jun. 20 : Closed Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Mon., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
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Facilities

  • 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

Video Games

Fri, May 20, 2022 3:00 P.M.

Join us for video games at the Field Teen Center every Friday! We play a variety of XBox, Playstation, and Nintendo Games, as well as Steam programs like Jackbox Games. New players and experienced…

Up Above: Thinking About the Skies

Now through Fri, May 20, 2022 5:00 P.M.

The dream of flying through the skies with a bird’s perspective has captivated people for centuries. Mythological tales and folklore encouraged humankind to consider the science of flight.…

Exhibition: Up Above: Thinking About the Skies

Now through Fri, May 20, 2022 5:00 P.M.

The dream of flying through the skies with a bird’s perspective has captivated people for centuries. Mythological tales and folklore encouraged humankind to consider the science of flight.…

Up Above: Thinking About the Skies

Now through Fri, May 20, 2022 5:00 P.M.

The dream of flying through the skies with a bird’s perspective has captivated people for centuries. Mythological tales and folklore encouraged humankind to consider the science of flight.…

Departments

About


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.