Parkway Central Library

Services and hours are subject to change — please call in advance. Before you visit, please review our new COVID-19 guidelines.

Thursday, September 3 – Message from Staff

We're OPEN to the public Monday through Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, public services are limited to: 30-minute computers, restrooms, holds pick-up, reference services, children's book corner, and social workers. 

Please return all items to the Wood Street bookdrop box, as we are practicing safety measures due to COVID-19. The dropbox is open 24/7. Daily materials pick-up program (curbside) continues to operate by appointment only. Call 215-686-5320 to make an appointment.

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

Upcoming Closures

  • Wed., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 26 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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  • Bicycle rack
  • Book drop box
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Street parking
  • Printing (black/white)
  • Public restrooms
  • Screen magnify tools
  • Screen-reading software (JAWS)
  • Self-service checkout
  • Wireless internet access (wi/fi)

Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL Patent, Trademark & Copyright Toolkit

Wed, October 28, 2020 10:00 A.M.

Do you want to protect your invention, product, brand name, logo, short story, or song that you’ve created? If so, register for our free 1.25 hour VIRTUAL class to learn about Intellectual…

Virtual PA CareerLink® Workshop: Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes

Wed, October 28, 2020 1:00 P.M.

Jim Rudick, Community Workforce Connector for PA CareerLink®, will lead a virtual workshop.  This workshop will review the process of building a marketable and effective resume…

VIRTUAL PAWS for Reading: Read to a Therapy Dog

Wed, October 28, 2020 3:00 P.M.

Join the Free Library and our Friends at PAWS for People on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays at 3:00-4:00 p.m. to read to a therapy dog on a live video conference! Reading to a…

Virtual Measuring Project Outcomes

Thu, October 29, 2020 10:00 A.M.

This seminar is designed to address the following questions: Why should project outcome expectations be set and measured? What things should be measured? What are the barriers to establishing a…



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.