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 until 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11/28 Closed
– 2:00 p.m.*
Monday, 11/29 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 11/30 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/1 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12/2 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/3 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/4 Closed
  • * Sunday has hour changes – in observance of Thanksgiving
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
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

Virtual Your Community by the Numbers: Introduction to

Wed, December 1, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Learn how to use to access the most current and relevant demographic, socioeconomic, and housing statistics about your community. During this training, you will learn about the…

Teen Cooking & Crafts: Make & Take

Wed, December 1, 2021 3:30 P.M.

Let's celebrate the fall harvest together with the Field Teen Center and Nourishing Literacy! We will taste some local, seasonal fruits and roasted vegetables and decide which…

Headshots at the BRIC!

Thu, December 2, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more.  Use…

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

Now through Fri, December 3, 2021 5:00 P.M.

The Making Her Mark exhibition is open in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library and offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to…



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.