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

  • Sat., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
  • Sat., Jan. 1 : Closed New Year's Day
  • Mon., Jan. 17 : Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' 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

Registration Closed Virtual Ask a Nonprofit Expert: Strategic Planning

Wed, December 8, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Registration has closed. If you are interested in RSVP VEC's services you can reach out to them directly.  Ask a nonprofit expert about your organization's strategic plan. The…

Virtual Bite-Sized Baby & Toddler Storytime

Wed, December 8, 2021 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…

Anatomy Eats with Chef Ari Miller and Dr. Jonathan Reisman

Wed, December 8, 2021 6:00 P.M.

Anatomy Eats  is a one-of-a-kind dinner collaboration between a chef and a medical doctor. Guests will learn about their own bodies by understanding the anatomy and physiology of the animals…

Virtual Start Telling Your Story Using GuideStar

Thu, December 9, 2021 10:00 A.M.

Start telling your nonprofit’s story online using your nonprofit profile on GuideStar , and find out how you can share up-to-date information with millions 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.