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Meeting/Party Facilities (off-site venues)

Free Library of Philadelphia


Whether you're planning a business meeting, conference with breakout rooms, wedding, retirement party, or networking reception, we can accommodate your needs with unique event spaces and delicious food provided by our exclusive caterer, Brulee Catering. To see our facilities and discuss menu options, please contact

Spaces include:

Parkway Central Library's main lobby showcases the unique Beaux Arts architecture and can be used for a variety of events after hours.

The indoor Skyline Room and adjacent outdoor Terrace offer sweeping views of the city skyline--an ideal site for weddings, receptions, meetings, and parties.

The Montgomery Auditorium, home to our award-winning Author Events Series, offers nearly 400 seats with a stage, backstage green room, and a full sound system.

The commercial grade kitchen in the Culinary Literacy Center serves as both a classroom and dining space in a wonderfully unique setting.

The u-shaped 2nd floor landing atop the library's grand marble staircase has a classic library feel with a domed skylight ceiling--the perfect cocktail party setting.

Room 108 is a flexible meeting space with a high ceiling and audio/visual capabilities.

Conference rooms 405, 406, and 407 can be rented individually or together and combined to form a larger meeting space.

Our gala and reception spaces can accommodate up to 250 guests. Our conference rooms can accommodate seated meetings up to 180, and 250 theater-style.

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.25 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.19 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.75 miles


Venue Amenities

  • Permanent Dance Floor
  • Exclusive Caterer
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Onsite AV Available

Facility Amenities

  • Onsite Kitchen
  • Bus Parking
  • Handicap Access
  • WiFi Available

Facility Information

  • Family Friendly
  • Student Friendly


Venue Capacity

  • 180

With more than 5 million volumes spread amongst its 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Free Library of Philadelphia is the tenth largest public library system in the country. The Free Library of Philadelphia offers a vast collection of rare books, including one of the world's most comprehensive anthologies of Charles Dickens' work, in addition to many programs dedicated to improving the literacy and professional advancement of Philadelphians. Attracting more than 6 million visits annually and providing 950 public computers, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.

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