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Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Storytime with Ms. Becky on Instagram Live

Tue, Jun 30, 10:30 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Live virtual Storytime with Ms. Becky! Stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement and lots of fun for children age 2-7. This Storytime program has a…

FREE MUSEUM DAY with the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections

Tue, Jun 30, 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

This year's Wawa Welcome America is proceeding virtually, but that isn't stopping Free Museum Day from happening! Join the Print and…

FREE MUSEUM DAY with the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections

Tue, Jun 30, 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

This year's Wawa Welcome America is proceeding virtually, but that isn't stopping Free Museum Day from happening! Join the Print and…

Virtual PAWS for Reading: Read to a Therapy Dog

Tue, Jun 30, 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join us on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. to read to a therapy animal friend from PAWS for People on a live video conference.…

Virtual Story Club with Ms Scout

Tue, Jun 30, 4:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Stories and imagination are a great way to escape where you are. Join Ms Scout on Tuesdays at 10:30 am for a Story Club prompt and then check back…

Virtual Yoga for Children with Ms. Danielle

Mon, Jul 6, 3:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Virtual yoga class on Facebook Live ( https://www.facebook.com/FLPYouthServices/ ) for kids, offering a safe environment to play, explore and…

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Parkway Central Library Tours

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Building Tours:

  • Monday – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • 1st Sunday Tour at 2:00 p.m.

Rare Book Department Tours:

  • Monday – Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Explore the grand Beaux-Arts building which is an important part of Philadelphia's past and present with this specialized tour of the Parkway Central Library, which opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1927. The free tour, which begins in the lobby, showcases Parkway Central's unique architecture and history, while covering the many collections and services that make the Free Library such a valuable and critical resource to Philadelphians. At the end of the tour, participants will be given the option to continue their experience by joining the free, daily tour of the Rare Book Department at 11:00 a.m., which explores the history of the book along with some of the Library's most rare holdings.

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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.