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 5:00 p.m.
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

  • Mon., Feb. 21 : Closed Presidents' Day
  • Fri., Apr. 15 : Closed Good Friday
  • Sun., Apr. 17 : Closed Easter
  • Mon., May. 30 : Closed Memorial 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 Ask an Accountant: Virtual Office Hours with an Accountant

Tue, January 25, 2022 8:30 A.M.

Ask an accountant!  Bee, Bergvall & Co.  has appointments available to provide answers to general accounting questions and provide guidance to small businesses owners.  Although…

VIRTUAL - Resume Review

Tue, January 25, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Book a virtual appointment with the Workplace between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to have your resume reviewed! Email to reserve your spot.  Once your…

Virtual Sizing Up the Competition

Wed, January 26, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Learn who and where your competitors are, their estimated revenues, number of employees, officers, website link, company connections, market reach, growth indicators, and more. Full company…

Virtual Bite-Sized Baby & Toddler Storytime

Wed, January 26, 2022 2:00 P.M.

Do you or your child have a favorite board book Miss Mary reads? Or perhaps a favorite song or fingerplay? Join Miss Mary virtually for a bite-sized Baby & Toddler Storytime video of one book…



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.