Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Closed Today
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., Oct. 11 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Thu., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 25 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Fri., Dec. 24 : Closed Christmas Day (Observed)
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  • 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

In-Person Baby & Toddler Storytime with Miss Mary!

Mon, September 27, 2021 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby & Toddler Storytime! Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is…

Virtual JEVS Career Strategies Workshop: 5 Tips to Relaunch Your Job Search

Mon, September 27, 2021 11:00 A.M.

Are you unsure how to look for a job following such unprecedented times, or how to adapt your interviewing style to a virtual format? Join our expert Career Advisors for a FREE ZOOM WEBINAR to…

VIRTUAL Mindfulness Mondays

Mon, September 27, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Each Monday at 5:00 p.m., find a new Mindfulness Activity for Children & Families in our Instagram & Facebook stories. Join Ms. Becky for journaling prompts, breathing exercises,…

Virtual Ask an Accountant: Virtual Office Hours with an Accountant

Tue, September 28, 2021 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…



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.