Free Library on the Parkway is a modern event venue located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a historic library with a classy and grandiose vibe, this venue is the perfect place to wed for couples looking for a unique and elegant venue. With a dedicated and hard-working staff ready to help with your every need, you can rest assured that you will have not only an exceptional venue but impeccable assistance each step of the way.
Facilities and Capacity
Free Library on the Parkway can host up to 250 wedding guests. With three wonderful event spaces to choose from, clients can select from covered or uncovered outdoor locations, or a lavish indoor ceremony space. With a grand staircase and a vibrant rooftop terrace, guests can meander inside or above on the rooftop for some elegant and memorable photo opportunities. This modern venue also features breathtaking views of the city’s skyline for even more of a luxurious backdrop for all of your memorable wedding photos with friends and family.
Free Library on the Parkway offers fantastic service from their event staff along with premiere catering service. With spectacular views of the skyline, fine dining experiences, and plenty of space to dance, this venue is hard to beat. As a full-service venue, they are ready to assist you with creating the wedding of your dreams. Their services include:
At Brûlée Catering, they simply love the art of serving innovative and creative cuisine to their clients. Award-winning and talented Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix and his team of highly professional culinarians work hard to ensure they provide clients with a mesmerizing culinary experience that tastes just as good as it looks. With two subsidiary catering business, Gourmetro and Shore Catering, they work with their clients to accommodate custom requests. Their catering includes:
Recommended by 98% of couples
User3887199 · 2+ years ago
The Library is an amazing place for a wedding and the team there (espcially Alex) did a great job!!!
We were on the rooftop, and it was a very special palce for our wedding. Guests loved the city buildings and sights around at night and the view down on to Logan Circle was great. The facilities are first rate with a modern space indoors, and an open area (we had a tent setup) on the rooftop for outdoor dining./dancing.
Alex is fantastic and helped make our day very special!!
Melissa · Married on 06/08/2013
Beautiful venue and everybody was impressed with the locations. Brooke Rogers was amazing to work with. The guard on duty was amazing and the lobby was so beautiful and fit perfectly with our wedding style!!
Mansi · Married on 08/16/2014
I can't say enough about the spaces the Free Library offers. They are so magnificent, unique and surprisingly affordable that I am shocked I hadn't heard of the venue before. The venue has 3 different, equally beautiful, spaces to rent.
The library lobby is the first space, with greco-roman columns and a set of grand staircases that was be perfect for a ceremony. We chose to have our ceremony in this space and it was amazing walking into the library and seeing the architecture, the stairs etc. The space feels intimate but very historical.
The second space is the rooftop terrace and this is SHOWSTOPPER. We chose to have our cocktail hour here immediately after the ceremony and I can't even explain how stunning the views are. You get a massive city skyline view, as well as views of the art museum, Franklin Institute and the Logan circle fountain below. During our cocktail hour, we had a light breeze and the sun was setting towards the middle of it. There were lines forming because people wanted to take pictures on the terrace edge! At night, you get wonderful city lights as your view and our guests couldn't get enough.
The third space is called the skyline room and it is adjacent to the terrace (so guests can move freely between the two areas during the reception). Both areas are newly renovated as well. The skyline room looks like an upscale hotel or lounge; The room's colors play PERFECTLY for lighting as well. The bonus is the wall between the terrace and skyline room is all windows, so looking into the skyline room from the terrace is equally beautiful. We had people sitting on the terrace just staring into the skyline room because it just looked so darn cool! The only negative is that the library has no equipment (tables, chairs etc,) so that can be expensive. However, the total cost is still less then renting other venues in the city.
Our guests were absolutely in love with the venue as were we! I highly recommend this space!