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 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6/13 Closed
Monday, 6/14 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/15 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/16 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, 6/17 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 6/18 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Saturday, 6/19 Closed
  • * Friday has hour changes – preparation for Juneteenth
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

  • Sun., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Jul. 5 : Closed Independence Day (Observed)
  • Mon., Sep. 6 : Closed Labor Day
  • Mon., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
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Facilities

  • 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

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

Now through Fri, June 18, 2021 1:00 P.M.

The Making Her Mark exhibition, open by appointment weekday afternoons in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library, offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

Now through Fri, June 18, 2021 2:00 P.M.

The Making Her Mark exhibition, open by appointment weekday afternoons in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library, offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

Now through Fri, June 18, 2021 3:00 P.M.

The Making Her Mark exhibition, open by appointment weekday afternoons in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library, offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and…

Folklore Fridays: American Songbag Series

Fri, June 18, 2021 3:00 P.M.

Summer Folklore Fridays series. A special 6-part Folklore Fridays highlighting poet Carl Sandburg's "American Songbag" collection.   This collection of American folk songs…

Departments

About


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.