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 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., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 15 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 17 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial Day
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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

Virtual Sizing Up the Competition

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Learn who and where your competitors are, their estimated revenues, number of employees, officers, website link, company connections, market reach, growth indicators, and more. Full company…

Virtual Bite-Sized Baby & Toddler Storytime

Wed, January 26, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Do you or your child have a favorite board book Miss Mary reads? Or perhaps a favorite song or fingerplay? Join Miss Mary virtually for a bite-sized Baby & Toddler Storytime video of one book…

Virtual Intermediate Grant Writing

Thu, January 27, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Intermediate Grant Writing is an interactive webinar that will build on the teachings of the first two parts of the Grant Writing Series. In this session, participants will learn and review…

I Hate To Exercise: A Common Sense Exercise Program for People Over 50

Thu, January 27, 2022 11:00 A.M.

A Zoom program Presented on Thursday, January 27th at 11:00 A.M. EST.  Our Guest Will Be Ms. Shanna Naider, who is both a physical therapist and a certified orthopedic specialist. Do you hate…



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.