The Parkway Central Library is temporarily closed.

Parkway Central Library

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

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Upcoming Events

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Sat, Aug 1, 10:00 A.M.
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Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes…

Pathway Forward: GED Preparation and ABE Classes

Sun, Aug 2, 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join Pathway Forward and the Free Library of Philadelphia's Languages and Learning Center for FREE GED. and Adult Basic Education classes…

Virtual Yoga for Children with Ms. Danielle

Mon, Aug 3, 3:00 P.M.
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Virtual yoga class on Facebook Live ( https://www.facebook.com/FLPYouthServices/ ) for kids, offering a safe environment to play, explore and…

Japanese Conversation Club

Tue, Aug 4, 6:30 P.M.
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Join us in Heim Center Rooms 131-132 to enjoy a casual environment where you can talk about  all things Japan! All levels of Japanese…

Virtual Time Saving Tips for Social Media and Digital Marketing

Wed, Aug 5, 10:00 A.M.
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How do you market your business online in the time of COVID-19? And what should you be doing today to be in a better position when we are…

Virtual Performance: Mario the Maker Magician

Wed, Aug 5, 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Facebook Live show of original magic + handmade robotics + new school slapstick! It's magic through the lens of the Maker Movement, by a…

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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.