Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
215-686-5322
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Open today 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Closures

  • Fri., Apr. 14 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 16 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 29 : Closed Memorial Day
  • Tue., Jul. 4 : Closed Independence Day
  • Mon., Sep. 4 : Closed Labor Day
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Upcoming Events

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Wed, Mar 29, 11:00 A.M.

Books, songs, rhymes and bounces for children (birth to 23 months) and their caregivers!. Wednesday at 11 a.m. (repeat of the Monday 11 a.m.…

The Future of Fashion

Wed, Mar 29, 11:00 A.M.

Clare Sauro , Curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University discusses the fashion trends and styles that…

Women's Health Panel and Resource Fair

Wed, Mar 29, 5:30 P.M.

Listen to experts discuss a range of women’s health issues, such as heart health, birth control options, and women’s wellness. A…

Being a Boss! Series: Present Your Best Self: Interviewing Techniques

Wed, Mar 29, 7:00 P.M.

Looking for work or looking to advance in your career? The Free Library of Philadelphia  and  JEVS  have partnered up to bring you…

E-Gadget Help Desk

Thu, Mar 30, 3:00 P.M.

Bring your smart phones, tablets, e-readers and laptops to the e-gadget help desk every Tuesday and Thursday. A gadget…

LEGO Club

Thu, Mar 30, 4:00 P.M.

LEGO Club: Create with Ms. Keyonia For children ages 6-12 in the Parkway Central Children’s Department. Presented as part of the Margaret S.…

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Parkway Central Library Tours

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Building Tours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
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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Welcome to the cornerstone of the Free Library system. Opened in 1927, the Parkway Central Library contains more than 7 million items and many special collections. We hope to see you at our events throughout the year.

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Public Transportation

Bus Routes:

2 (nbound)16th & Spring Garden (south of Vine, North of Race) 16th & Hamilton (Comm. College of Phila.)2 (sbound)17th & Vine7 (nbound)22nd & Ben Franklin Pkwy7 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy27 (nbound)16th & Spring Garden27 (ebound)Broad & Vine32 (nbound)20th & Vine32 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin33 (nbound)20th & Vine33 (sbound)21st & Ben Franklin Pkwy

Get the 32, 33, and 76 busses at the NE corner of 15th and JFK Blvd. There are bus shelters at that corner with the route numbers on them. The stop is across the street from City Hall; in front of the Municipal Services Building; to the right across 15th street is JFK plaza, where the "LOVE" sculpture is located.

 

38 (ebound)20th & the Pkwy38 (wbound)21st & the Pkwy43 (ebound)19th & Spring Garden43 (wbound)19th & Spring Garden48 (nbound)22nd & the Pkwy48 (sbound)21st & the Pkwy

Subway-Surface Lines:

Broad Street Subway (orange) get off at the Race-Vine stop, and walk 5 blocks west. Subway-Surface (green) get off at the 15th street, catch the 32, 33, or 76 at 15th and JFK. Market-Frankford (blue) get off at 15th street, exit to 15th and Market, walk one block north to 15th and JFK to catch the 32, 33, or 76.