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Community Organizations

Located in the Information For Every Resident (INFER) Database

INFER is the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Information and Referral (I & R) service and database. I & R is the process of linking a person in need of information and services to appropriate community resources which meet those needs.

The INFER database is a computerized listing of approximately 3,000 agencies and organizations which provide services to the residents of Baltimore city. Included are government agencies, service club, community organizations, religious and political groups, etc. Commercial enterprises are only included if they offer services that are unique.

For each agency, the following type of information is included (when applicable):

  • Address                 
  • Service Description
  • Telephone Number    
  • Hours 
  • Parent Organization
  • Eligibility 
  • Person in Charge
  • Contact Person
  • How to Obtain Service
  • Fees
  • Agency Type
  • Areas Served 

There are several ways to obtain information from the INFER database.

The library no longer adds new organizations to the INFER Database, due to decreased usage and the ease of finding community information on the Internet.

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