Hampden Branch

Hampden Branch, top of front exterior

The Hampden Branch was erected in 1899 and first opened to the public on 2 July 1900 as the seventh branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The benefactor of the branch was Robert Poole, 1818-1903, a resident of Hampden and a generous philanthropist who provided the funds for the construction of the branch as well as for the initial book collection. Mr. Poole was the owner of the Poole and Hunt foundry and iron works in Hampden. The architect was Joseph Evans Sperry, and the architectural style is Greek revival. The four cast iron columns on the front porch were produced at the Poole and Hunt foundry, which in 1858 had also provided the columns supporting the US Capitol dome in Washington, DC.

Upcoming Events at Hampden Branch

  • Wed, Jan 3, 3:30 p.m.
    Build with Lego Classic, Lego Duplo, and Bristle Blocks every Wednesday.
  • Tue, Jan 16, 3:30 p.m.
    Cold weather cure:  camel stories, songs, poems, and caravan craft will carry you to cozy climate co…
  • Thu, Jan 18, 6:00 p.m.
    Read and discuss Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. In this novel of time-travel and historical fiction,…
  • Tue, Jan 30, 3:30 p.m.
    Chestnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, walnuts, and kola nuts in stories, songs, or rhymes. 

Features and Services

  • Public computers with Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A computer with children's programs
  • Graphic novels for teens
  • Events, including weekly baby and toddler interactive lap programs 
  • Service-award winning staff
  • Computer printers - 5 free prints per day
  • Photocopying machine
  • DVDs and audiobooks
  • On-street parking
  • Circulating materials can be sent here for local pickup and returned to any branch
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New Hours appear in red.
Mon:10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tue:12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wed:10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thu:12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Holiday closings schedule


3641 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211

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