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

  • Mon., Oct. 12 : Closed Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • 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

Some Things Last a Long Time: A Medieval Life Virtual Program

Thu, October 1, 2020 12:00 P.M.

This virtual gallery talk focuses on the companion exhibition to Medieval Life: European Manuscripts in Philadelphia Collections . While medieval European manuscripts are just one kind of object,…

FULL Headshots at the BRIC!

Thu, October 1, 2020 1:00 P.M.

All time slots are full. Headshots will be offered again on Thursday, October 15. Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique…

Virtual Thursday Crafternoons!

Thu, October 1, 2020 4:00 P.M.

Ready to get crafty? Miss Mary will post a video every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on our social media pages for Thursday Crafternoons! She'll share a story and then talk about a…

Virtual Teen Program | Jewelry Making

Fri, October 2, 2020 11:00 A.M.

Join us live as we create wearable art. We’ll be exploring various techniques in jewelry making. From wire wrapping to beading and chain mail! We’ll offer tips and advice for…



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.