Explore the grand Beaux-Arts building which is an important part of Philadelphia's past and present with this specialized tour of the Parkway Central Library, which opened on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1927. The free tour, which begins in the lobby, showcases Parkway Central's unique architecture and history, while covering the many collections and services that make the Free Library such a valuable and critical resource to Philadelphians.
To request a tour reservation for a group of 10 or more participants, please complete this form. If you have a group of fewer than 10, please check the Parkway Central Library page for the public tour schedule. If you reserve a group tour and fewer than 10 arrive at the Library, your group will be asked to join a public tour. Please submit only one form for your group and your request must be at least two weeks prior but no more than three months in advance.
After you submit your request
The Visitor Services staff will respond to the tour request within two business days to discuss the schedule. Once the tour is reserved, you will receive a confirmation. If you are interested in other tour topics for your group, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.