Central Library

The front of the Central Library


Enoch Pratt Free Library Houses 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? Check out all the services SLRC provides Marylanders.

SLRC Virtual Tour

Central Library/State Library Resource Center Renovation


Books and other resources

Calendar @ Central Library

  • Tue, Dec 1, 10:00 a.m.
    Learn about computer software and hardware, as well as how to use the mouse and keyboard. Learn about…
  • Tue, Dec 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Like many black Americans of the mid-twentieth century, Phyllis Lawson's parents moved from their hometown…
  • Wed, Dec 2, 10:00 a.m.
    Learn about common Windows terms and definitions. Become familiar with the menu bar, tool bar and other…
  • Thu, Dec 3, 11:15 a.m.
    Books, rhymes, and bouncing balls. A storytime specially created for 2-year-olds and their caregi…


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

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Central Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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  • 410-396-5430
  • 410-396-1441 (fax)
  • 410-396-3761 (tty)
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