Parkway Central Library

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

  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Mon., Dec. 26 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
  • Sun., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 2 : Closed New Year's 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

Storytime Adventures!

Thu, December 8, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Liz each Thursday at 10:30am for a storytime adventure, where we'll read books, sing songs, and explore a new theme each week! Check  facebook  and  instagram  on…

Free Library Chess Club

Thu, December 8, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Are you looking for a place to play chess, or are you interested in learning how to play? Join us on Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Heim Center on the First Floor. We have 20 chess sets and a…

Virtual - One on One Resume Review and Mock Interviews with Day and Zimmermann

Thu, December 8, 2022 1:00 P.M.

Looking for an extra boost to aid in the search for your next career?  Come partner with Talent Acquisition Partners from Day & Zimmermann to receive expert advice on your resume, search…

Virtual Full Circle Career Workshop: LinkedIn Basics

Thu, December 8, 2022 3:00 P.M.

In today’s Employment Marketplace, you need to be visible to companies that are hiring and people that can refer you to companies that are hiring – LinkedIn is a great way of…



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.