Parkway Central Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today until 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

  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
View all holiday closings


  • 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

In-Person Baby & Toddler Storytime with Miss Mary!

Mon, October 18, 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 & Toddler Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is…

VIRTUAL Mindfulness Mondays

Mon, October 18, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Each Monday at 5:00 p.m., find a new Mindfulness Activity for Children & Families in our Instagram & Facebook stories. Join Ms. Becky for journaling prompts, breathing exercises,…

Monday Poets: Sham-e-Ali Nayeem & Vasiliki Katsaru

Mon, October 18, 2021 6:30 P.M.

One of the longest continuously running FLP progams, now in its 27th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations.  Tickets…

Virtual Full Circle Career Workshop: Excel Range Names and PivotTables

Tue, October 19, 2021 12:00 P.M.

Learn how to use named ranges...assigning names to a cell or range of cells in a workbook. We’ll also explore PivotTables, a powerful tool for summarizing, analyzing, exploring 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.