Central Library

The front of the Central Library

The State Library Resource Center

The Central Library of Baltimore City's public library system, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was designated the State Library Resource Center (SLRC) by the General Assembly in 1971.

This designation and accompanying State support allow all Maryland citizens to have access to a public library whose resources are unparalleled in the State. SLRC works with regional, local public, school, special and academic libraries which allows materials and information to be shared state-wide. SLRC provides services to Marylanders and serves as a back-up information resource for local libraries and their customers.

Interested in learning more about what being Maryland's State Library Resource Center means?

Upcoming Events at Central Library

  • Wed, Jun 29, 10:00 a.m.
    Everyone has a story to tell, and none of them are quite the same. What makes a good story, and how can…
  • Wed, Jun 29, 6:30 p.m.
    Jessica Anya Blau is the author of The Wonder Bread Summer, Drinking Closer to Home, and the nationally…
  • Sat, Jul 2, 10:00 a.m.
    Learn about computer software and hardware, as well as how to use the mouse and keyboard. Learn about…
  • Wed, Jul 6, 11:00 a.m.
    Dance stories, songs, and get a chance to help your team create and win the silliest dance challenge.…


Books and Other Resources


Mon:10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue:10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wed:10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thu:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun:1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday hours run October through May
Holiday closings schedule

Visit Us

Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact Us

  • 410-396-5430
  • 410-396-1441 (fax)
  • 410-396-3761 (tty)
  • E-mail us