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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.

Calendar @ Hampden Branch

  • Fri, Oct 9, 1:30 p.m.
    Join us for the 2015 Imagination Celebration honoring the co-founder of the National Association of Black…
  • Tue, Oct 13, 3:30 p.m.
    A week of days celebrating National Face Your Fears Day, International Top Spinning Day, National Cake…
  • Fri, Nov 6, 2:00 p.m.
    Car stories and a STEM activity car craft invention challenge.  Each group creates a Puff Car with the…
  • Sat, Nov 14, 2:00 p.m.
    Each Discoveries... America hour-long DVD travelogue features one of the fifty states. Offering a fresh…

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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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:12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat:10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Holiday closings schedule

Visit Us

Hampden Branch
3641 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211

Contact Us

  • 410-396-6043
  • 410-396-7152 (fax)
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