Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway
Open today 9:00 a.m. – 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., Oct. 10 : Closed Indigenous People Day
  • Fri., Nov. 11 : Closed Veterans Day
  • Thu., Nov. 24 : Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Sun., Dec. 25 : Closed Christmas Day
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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

Read Baby Read: Baby & Toddler Storytime!

Mon, September 26, 2022 10:30 A.M.

Join Miss Mary for stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at Shakespeare Park, across the street from the library! Stay for playtime immediately following storytime! Intended for our friends ages 2…

Full! Virtual Ask an Accountant: Office Hours with an Accountant

Tue, September 27, 2022 8:30 A.M.

This session is full, but Ask an Accountant will return on October 25 and November 22, 2022. Ask an accountant!  Bee, Bergvall & Co.  has appointments available to provide…

Introduction to Foundation Directory

Tue, September 27, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Learn how to use everyone's favorite foundation funding database, Foundation Directory  (formerly Foundation Directory Online). The user-friendly interface makes it easy to…

GED Math Prep (In Person)

Tue, September 27, 2022 10:00 A.M.

Tuesdays 10-11:30 am (September 20 - December 6, 2022) Are you interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma? Do you feel you need to learn or refresh math skills covered on the GED and…



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.