Parkway Central Library

Parkway Central Library is temporarily closed.

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

Upcoming Events

Virtual Messy Mondays

Mon, November 30, 2020 1:00 P.M.

Join Ms. Naomi in making a big mess! Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items. Geared at children of all ages. Everyone needs time to make a mess! Remember kids,…

VIRTUAL | Teen Reading Lounge

Mon, November 30, 2020 3:30 P.M.

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for the program and, working with trained facilitators, to design…

Virtual PA CareerLinkĀ® Workshop: Modern Interviewing

Tue, December 1, 2020 11:00 A.M.

Jim Rudick, Community Workforce Connector for PA CareerLink®, will lead a virtual workshop on modern interviewing. This workshop discusses the difference between a traditional interview and a…

VIRTUAL | Homework Hangout for Teens

Tue, December 1, 2020 4:00 P.M.

Join us for a relaxing virtual co-working space on Instagram Live on Tuesday evenings! We'll listen to calming music, set goals, and chat about what we're working on. Bring your…



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.