Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center Library Renovation
Pratt Restoration Series Episode 5: Welcome to the Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Room
The Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Room will be part of the newly renovated library. The room will include historic artifacts
from the Senator's political career.
For more videos, check out the Pratt Restoration
Series on YouTube.
The Renovation is underway!
The scaffolding is up, but all our services are still intact as something spectacular happens inside the Central
Library/State Library Resource Center.
- A protected pedestrian walkway surrounds the building.
- A raised platform is up in Central Hall for workers restoring windows and painting.
- The circulation desk and public computers are now in the Business, Science and Technology
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Why we are renovating?
The renovation will preserve the past and position the Enoch Pratt Free Library to serve all Marylanders in the
future. With more than half a million visitors each year, the state-of-the-art renovations to the Central Library will
improve the building’s
infrastructure and increase opportunities for learning, research, creativity and civic engagement. It will
complement the Pratt’s significant print collection with the latest technologies, welcoming a vibrant future while
preserving a cherished
Impact on services
The Central Library will remain open throughout the renovation, though some things will move around to
accommodate construction. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2019.
"My library shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color." – Enoch
New and improved spaces
- More public library space than is currently available.
- Expanded training/conference facilities
- More multi-purpose spaces
- "Creation Stations" to fuel creative learning
- New Teen and Young Adult wing
- Expanded and restored children’s department
- Restored majesty of the Central Hall to make it a "Town Hall"
- Designated Job/Career Center
- "Technology Take-out" collections
- More public computers
- Up to date and integrated audio-visual equipment
Safer, up-to-date facilities
- Family restrooms
- Refinished historic furniture
- New heating, cooling, fire protection, lighting, security and information
- Catering support
"The purpose of the renovation project is to preserve the past and position the Central Library/State Library
Resource Center to serve Marylanders in the future."
Who is doing the Renovation?
The project is under the supervision of the Maryland State Department of General Services, with funding from
the State of Maryland, City of Baltimore and generosity of private donors to the Enoch Pratt Renovation campaign.
Ayers/Saint/Gross is managing the renovation of the historic Central Library that will be designed by Beyer
Blinder Belle Architects of New York.
Ayers/Saint/Gross is an award-winning multi-disciplinary architecture
firm that was established in Baltimore in 1912 under the name of Sill, Buckler &
Fenhagen. In continuous practice since then, the firm later became Ayers/Saint and, in the 1980’s,
Ayers/Saint/Gross. With a focus on higher education ASG works internationally. In the 1980’s ASG worked with the
Enoch Pratt Free Library on the
design and construction of the four mezzanines at the first floor. This relationship continued in the 1990’s with
the development of the Parts I and II Facilities Program submissions, the Meyerhoff Children’s Garden and the
50,000 square foot
Annex, which opened in 2003.
Belle is an award-winning architecture, planning and interior design practice of 155 professionals in
New York and Washington, DC, with
recognized expertise in historic preservation and its role in maintaining the urban fabric of our cities. The firm
has guided the restoration of many significant buildings and sites,including Grand Central Terminal, New York City
Hall, and the
Maryland State House Old House of Delegates’ Chamber.
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Support the Renovation
If you would like to join with other generous private donors by making a contribution to the renovation please make a donation today!