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Announcement All Pratt buildings are currently closed because of COVID-19, however remote and contact-free services are available.

All Pratt Library buildings closed for coronavirus prevention on March 13, 2020 - read the message from the Pratt CEO on our blog. We will continue to evaluate our response to COVID-19 with the guidance of health officials, and to look for innovative solutions to provide service to our community. You can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website, or follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter.

COVID-19 Services & Resources

Baltimore, we are here for you. We are proud to provide remote and contact-free services across the city, as well as information and resources accessible from the comfort of your home.

library staff safely handling materials

Pratt staff wear masks while safely handling sanitized library materials.

library staff checking out books with a mask on during COVID

Librarians are busy checking out books and other media for customers to get by mail or Sidewalk Service.

Customer Requirements & Safety Procedures

We are excited to welcome you back into our buildings! Learn more about what the Pratt Library has been doing to keep you safe, and policies that must be followed during your visit.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Temporary Policy Changes

During the library closure, we have made the following updates to our policies:

  • Standard due dates will apply to any materials borrowed through Sidewalk Service. Materials borrowed through Books By Mail will have a standard loan period of 6 weeks.
  • Please return materials to our contact-free book drops. If you are returning a mobile hotspot or tablet, please make an appointment using Sidewalk Service to arrange a drop-off.
  • Customers needing an extension on their due dates may contact their local branch. Extensions on interlibrary loans may not be allowed.
  • Customers will not be referred to our collection agency during the library‚Äôs closure.
  • Any library cards due to expire will remain active during the closure.
  • The Library is currently unable to accept donations of materials due to COVID-19. Please do not place donations into book drops at this time.
  • The Pratt Library is following recommendations provided by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) by quarantining all incoming materials for 48 hours. Staff will begin checking in items after the 48 hour quarantine period is complete. Depending on the day and time returned, you should expect to see items removed from your account within one (1) week. If items are still showing on your account after one week, please contact the library where you returned your materials. You may still enjoy your full borrowing period as items are backdated in our system to account for this delay.
Extended Borrowing Privileges for Downloads & Streaming Media
  • Kanopy and Hoopla each have a temporary checkout limit of 10 per month.
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COVID-19 Services & Resources


We are proud to provide remote and contact-free services, as well as information and resources accessible from the comfort of your home.

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Live Chat with a Librarian


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