See the New and Improved Parkway Library

Parkway Central Library is the oldest and largest of more than 50 members of the local public-library system. While it is rooted in history—accented by its astounding architecture—the library, just one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment, just got a much buzzed-about facelift to help it move forward into the future.

Parkway recently reopened after a massive renovation—the very first in its nearly 100-year history. More than 40,000 square feet of space that once served as library storage was completely redone to become a new public engagement space with a business resource and innovation center—great for those times you have some after-hours work to get done and are looking for a unique change of scenery from your 1500 Locust apartment. The new Heim Center will be a hub of cultural enrichment and civil engagement—a “living room”-like atmosphere that will welcome community groups, public events and much more. There is also a new teen center, which will be a welcome addition to the youth community in Philadelphia. New art has been added and the space includes reclaimed marble from the building’s original space—making for a unique blend of past and present.

If you haven’t been to Parkway Central in a bit, the renovations give you an excellent excuse to schedule a return visit. Besides the thousands of titles you can check out, the library hosts a full list of events, most of which are free and open to the public. From language classes to skills-building workshops to author events and lots of programming for youngsters, no matter your interests or background, you can find something to both educate and entertain at the library. And with its redesign—which has opened up a full one-third of the massive, historic building to the public—there’s plenty to look at!

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103