Parkway Central Library

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

Wednesday, February 3 – Message from Staff

Reference service is now available 12-4 pm Monday through Friday at the Parkway Central Library.  Drop in service is in the lobby, and the subject departments will schedule appointments for individual research. Look for the appointment link in each department page.

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Children's librarians will be available 2-4 pm Monday through Friday in the lobby at the Parkway Central Library! 

There is a browsing collection selected by the children's librarians available for self checkout borrowing in the lobby in front of the Chidlren's service desk.

While the department is closed, you may return Children's materials to the drop box on Wood Street or in the lobby.

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Welcome to Parkway Central Library! To help limit the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Parkway Central Library is offering limited services 12-4 pm Monday through Friday.

GOOD NEWS! Parkway Central is offering self service holds pickup and checkout.  Assistance is available if needed. 

If you need contactless pickup between 10am-12 noon call us at 215-686-5320 to set up your appointment to pick up DVDs, music CDs, hardback and paperback books, audiobook CDs, Large Print titles, and more for Children, Teens, Adults, and Seniors. Place your reserves online or by phone. 

For general questions, please call our Free Library Call Center at 1-833-TALKFLP.

Be well and thank you for your support,

Parkway Central Staff

Tuesday, February 2 – Message from Staff

Please return all items to the Wood Street bookdrop box, as we are practicing safety measures due to COVID-19. The dropbox is open 24/7. The library is open for self service holds pick up, selected browsing shelves for children and teens, reference service and half hour computer reservations 12-4pm Monday through Friday..

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 2 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 4 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 31 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Sat., Jun. 19 : Closed Juneteenth
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

The Art Librarian is IN

Thu, February 25, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Stop by for a 30-45 minute video chat with a librarian from the Art Department to virtually browse a library shelf one book at a time, see what new circulating books and magazines have…

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Thu, February 25, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Adults are invited to this FREE online English class. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through videocall).  …

Virtual Toddler Storytime

Thu, February 25, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and lots of fun! Intended for children 18 months to three years old, though of course anyone is welcome to tune in!  …

VIRTUAL - Book Discussion Group

Thu, February 25, 2021 2:00 P.M.

This month we will be talking about Normal People , by Sally Rooney .  “Rooney is a tough girl; her papercut-sharp sensibility is much more akin to writers…



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.