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Maryland's State Library Resource Center

Maryland's State Library Resource Center may be located at the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library but you do not need to be in Baltimore to take advantage of the wonderful services the Library provides, including borrowing library materialspodcastsDigital MarylandSailor Operations CenterMaryland Library Associate Training Institute, and specialized collections!


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Borrowing Library Materials

Did you know that your public library card can be used in every public library in Maryland?

If you have a Garrett County library card and are vacationing on the Eastern Shore, you can utilize all the great resources from the local library!  You can even return most books, movies or CD’s  to any public library in the state.  There’s no excuse now to have overdue items!

 Download Podcasts from Maryland's State Library Resource Center


The Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center has brought many prominent speakers to Baltimore, including Michael Pollan, author of An Omnivore’s Dilemna, Hill Harper, CSI: NY actor and author of Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and author of Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters. 

While it might be hard to always make it to Baltimore to hear the speakers, you can access their speeches through the Podcast page on the Pratt Library website.  The State Library Resource Center brings the talks right to your computer so you can enjoy them at home or on the go!

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Digital Maryland

From Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, libraries and cultural institutions have contributed an interesting assortment of materials to be digitized.  All of the images are available to view at the Digital Maryland program where you will find collections of photographs, art works, primary documents and books. From Maryland maps to Edgar Allan Poe, this is a fascinating site for research and recreation. 

And what’s best about it?  New collections are added all the time!  What a great way to enjoy great library collections from the comfort of home.

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Sailor Operations Center

The State Library Resource Center is home to the Sailor Operations Center (SOC) which provides day to day support for the Maryland Public Libraries’ Sailor Project.

The Sailor Project provides two essential services to Maryland’s library users- the statewide Sailor Network and the collection of Sailor research databases. The Sailor Network serves the Internet access needs of several county governments and public school systems, as well as those of public libraries across Maryland. The Sailor database collection is Maryland Public Libraries’ core collection of online research products for children, teens and adults. This assortment of databases ranging from genealogy to homework support can be found on the Sailor website.

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Maryland Library Associate Training Institute

The Maryland Library Associate Training Institute is a comprehensive program designed to meet the needs for new library associates working in  Maryland public library systems and regional libraries.  Here at the State Library Resource Center we help train your librarians to better serve you!

Cindy Thornley from the Charles County Public Library completed LATI program in  February of 2009. Here’s her story:

"Visiting the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center was in itself, an inspiring and motivating experience.  The creative displays, dazzling collections and alluring architecture were enough to leave me with a serious case of professional envy. 

Fortunately, I was saved from that fate by the extensive support system offered by Maryland's State Library Resource Center.  The online training, websites, speakers, seminars and myriad resources sharpened my reference skills and continue to challenge me to stay current.  The high quality assistance Maryland State Library Resource Center consistently offers has helped me offer customers competent and efficient help."

Reading books in the Grants Collection and browsing the photograph collection in the Maryland Department 

Specialized Collections

Marylanders are fortunate to have the State Library Resource Center with unique collections that are available for use by all state residents.  Just have a look at these collections for starters:

  • You can get an article from a 100 year old magazine from the largest publicly accessible collection in the state in the Periodicals Department.

  • The Maryland Department can help you find everything from death notices for your ancestors to old yearbooks or novels set in Maryland.  It’s an entire floor of comprehensive information devoted to Maryland- every subject from A to Z!

  • The African American Department contains the Eddie and Sylvia Brown African American collection with an extensive reference collection and circulating copies of many of the works that are in demand.  The Department is also creating in a major project, Mapping the African American Experience in Maryland, which can be viewed on their website.

  • Starting a small business or applying for a job?  You can get help from the State Library Resource Center’s Job and Career Information Center or Business Center where résumé assistance, workshops and business start-up information are on the daily agenda!

  • The Grants Collection: Nonprofit Research Center is busy helping people search the Foundations Center databases, sponsoring classes and traveling the state to give workshops.