While the Business Department at the BRIC is physically closed we remain committed to your professional development. Our programs and services have been moved online. Check out our upcoming virtual programs, schedule an appointment with a librarian, stay current by signing up for our newsletter, and access our virtual library of classes and database demonstrations. Still have questions? Reach out to us and let us know how we can help! 

Resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found via PIDC and the City of Philadelphia.

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The Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) is an essential part of Philadelphia's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The BRIC creates multiple entry points for those with ideas, plans, skills, and passions, enabling people to make fact-based decisions in order to fulfill their goals. We assist entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and job seekers at every stage, helping to improve their skills through public programs and individualized guidance in research and planning. We collaborate with many local and national agencies to provide specialized programs and expert mentoring and curate print and digital resources.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-8663

Hours

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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  • * Sunday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Monday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Tuesday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Wednesday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Thursday had hour changes - Thanksgiving Day
  • * Friday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.
  • * Saturday had hour changes - Closed to the public. Services and programs available remotely. Phone and email reference available.

Press


Could the Free Library replace your office?
Technical.ly Philly
If you're in the "I have an idea but now what?" stage of entrepreneurship, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Parkway Central branch makes for a great first stop. Just don't expect free coffee.

Borrow a ukulele or a necktie? Learn yoga? Unconventional ways to maximize a Free Library card.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
For its 570,441 cardholders, the Free Library system offers thousands of resources, materials, online courses, workshops, and classes.

'There will be no shushing' at Philadelphia Free Library's fancy new wing for start-ups, businesses
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the Free Library's new Business Resource and Innovation Center, you can be as noisy as you want, even eat there. You can get free headshots taken for your LinkedIn profile, or a video of you practicing pitches. Or take a class on how to write a business plan.

Take in some jazz, give the Free Library its due, or celebrate Japanese culture
WHYY
Check out the latest edition of the Free Library, exult in the beauty of Fairmount Park, or follow the footsteps of African-American artists in North Philly.

Philadelphia Free Library builds new public rooms, new modern mission
WHYY
The expansion of the Library includes a new teen center with video games; a Manga animation collection, and young adult novels; a small business resource center with powerful wifi and onsite consultants; and 7,200 square feet of undetermined public space with chairs, tables, power outlets, and meeting rooms to be used however one wishes.

$35.8 Million Philadelphia Library Renovation Brings Exciting New Spaces
NBC Philadelphia
In its largest renovation since its opening in 1927, the Free Library of Philadelphia is set open 41,000 square feet of newly reimagined space within the Parkway Central Library after years of planning and renovation.

Free Library of Philadelphia Opening 41K SF of New Public Space
GlobeSt.com
The Free Library of Philadelphia's renovation is the largest since it was completed in 1927, and increases the building's public space to 68 percent.

Parkway Central Library opening 41,000 square feet of new space
PhillyVoice
There will be three new areas: the Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), and the Marie and Joseph Field Teen Center.

Publication focused on serving entrepreneurs added to 'Quick Reads' series
American Library Association
Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century is the fifth installment in the Association's "Quick Reads for Busy Librarians" series. The Quick Reads series features publications under 100 pages long and covering topics deemed essential to modern public library workers.

February 2018 Volunteer of the Month
Philadelphia VIP
The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) of the Free Library of Philadelphia is a core partner of Phialdelphia VIP's LawWorks program, the city's only broad-based provider of critical legal support to the small businesses and nonprofits creating employment opportunities, generating tax revenues, and serving their communities.

Free Library to Help Entrepreneurs Make Better Pitches
Philadelphia Magazine
The Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center wants to teach Philly entrepreneurs a thing or two about pitching. Next week, the Parkway Central Library will launch the Pitch Corner, a new resources and space for innovators where they can hone their business pitches and strengthen elevator pitches about their assets and aptitudes.

Free Library to offer tool for entrepreneurs
Philly.com
The Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday will launch the Pitch Corner, a new tool for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and job seekers. It's a semiprivate space in the Parkway Central Library's business center where start-ups can practice and record their pitch in front of a video camera.

Social Enterprise Innovators
Social Innovations Journal
3rd Place: BRIC librarians represented by Rebekah Ray. The Free Library of Philadelphia, Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) curates information for and fosters the growth of new social enterprises and nonprofits.

In the world of entrepreneurship, one of the most challenging aspects of business ownership is finding ways to let the most people know that your business exists, i.e. visibility. There are many factors that will determine which channels are used to gain visibility; factors such as business type, industry, customer demographics, and… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    November 23, 2020   

Have you been meaning to revise your resume, but are not sure how to get started? Would you like to learn new skills to conquer your next job interview? Are you interested in making your LinkedIn profile stand out? Check out our new virtual career workshops at the Workplace , brought to you by Full Circle Group! These… continue reading

By Margaret T.    November 5, 2020   

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So put on some comfy clothes, grab a caffeinated beverage, and settle in. It’s time to get your research on! We’ve been… continue reading

By Gillian R.    November 4, 2020   

Managing the finances of a small business can be one of the most intimidating and challenging aspects of running a business. If you’re just not that into numbers (like me), it can be difficult to keep a balance between effectively managing your books and projecting for future growth. As a Business Librarian, we specialize in… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    October 26, 2020   

The Business Resource and Innovation Center ’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your pup, a caffeinated beverage, and your business plan template —it’s time to get your research on! Whether… continue reading

By Gillian R.    September 29, 2020   

Being a business owner can be tough, because there are so many moving parts and the only constant is change. It’s even more difficult to own and operate a business during a global pandemic when nothing is "normal" and the trends and patterns that were once defined, no longer exist (or are very fluid). As a Business… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    September 24, 2020    1

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your cat, a hot beverage, and your business plan template . It’s time to get your research on! Whether you’re… continue reading

By Gillian R.    September 3, 2020   

For most, actually starting a business is the most difficult part of the process. You have books and books of notes with ideas, plans, and maybe even some concrete pathways you plan to take to achieve your goals, but deciding how to actually get the engine started is the biggest hurdle. Having an educational background in business, I… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    August 24, 2020   

Business research is such an important component of business ownership because it helps to lay the foundation on which businesses stand as it relates to industry trends, opportunities, and best practices. Business research is a type of research that is often intimidating due to a number of factors, including the difficulty in finding… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    August 4, 2020    1

I’m sure there are many people who are multi-passionate and find joy both in their careers and in the hobbies that bridge the gap between a simple smirk and a big ear-to-ear smile. Business Librarian Sharontina V. Huzzy I could also assume it’s true that as library workers, it’s often hard to see ourselves as… continue reading

By Sharontina H.    July 29, 2020   

Whether you are working from home or working in your socially-distanced cubicle, the Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library is here to support you virtually. Check out some of our favorite resources that can be accessed from anywhere!   Foundation Directory Online Essential  Many of you know us because we offer… continue reading

By Caitlin S.    July 28, 2020    1

The Business Resource and Innovation Center’s (BRIC) free business resources are accessible anywhere! That means you can conduct business research at your leisure from the comfort of your home. So grab your cat, a hot beverage, and your business plan template . It’s time to get your research on! Whether you’re… continue reading

By Gillian R.    June 25, 2020   

Check out some of our favorite business resources, accessible from anywhere with your library card number and PIN. Most of BRIC ’s business resources are also available from anywhere.   10. Gale ebooks Do you find yourself wishing you could check out those big fancy hard-backed reference books? Here’s your chance to… continue reading

By Gillian R.    May 12, 2020   

Across Philadelphia, businesses are experiencing unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic . If you’re currently thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time or you’re an established business owner, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) has resources to help support your current needs.… continue reading

By Gillian R.    April 30, 2020   

Employers these days are turning to virtual interviews to avoid the health risks of face-to-face interviews during COVID-19 pandemic To prepare for virtual interviews you can practice with Big Interview , a resource offered through our partners at PA CareerLink® . In addition to offering video lessons on all aspects of… continue reading

By Margaret T.    April 22, 2020   

Are you interested in protecting your business name or invention with a trademark or patent? During the current quarantine for COVID-19 , you can still begin working on these processes from home. See below for patent & trademark resources from the Free Library and how to get started:   Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and… continue reading

By Sharyl O.    April 16, 2020   

I am a Monopoly lover! This celebrated board game became popular in the 1930s after it was patented by Philadelphia inventor Charles B. Darrow , who lived on W. Hortter St. in the West Mt. Airy area of Philadelphia. Mr. Darrow was out of work and hoped to generate some income by selling the game. He didn’t have a sudden… continue reading

By Sharyl O.    February 11, 2020   

Do you absolutely love job interviews and eagerly anticipate your next opportunity to tell strangers about yourself? Or do you have nightmares where you go to an interview and forget your own name? The following online resources (available with your library card number and PIN from Workplace ) can help take the stress out of preparing… continue reading

By Karen H.    November 26, 2019    1

The Nonprofit Job Fair returns to Parkway Central Library on October 23 and the Business Resource and Innovation Center staff have the resources to help you make a great first impression! After brushing up on our all-purpose job fair tips , use these tools to learn what makes job seeking in the nonprofit and social impact sectors… continue reading

By Caity R.    October 15, 2019    2

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to present a series of upcoming job fairs, made possible by Citizens Charitable Foundation. The series will kick off with a special nonprofit job fair on Wednesday, October 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Parkway Central Library . Additional job fairs will be taking place at the following… continue reading

By Jenn D.    October 10, 2019    1