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Materials Selection Policy

How Baltimore Chooses: The Selection Policies of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is the framework that guides the development of the library's collections. Written for customers as well as library staff and trustees, this policy serves to strengthen collection building, aid training, and inform customers of our selection policies and our commitment to providing excellent, responsive collections.

Download the PDF version of How Baltimore Chooses

Printed copies are available for purchase. Send $15 per copy (includes shipping and handling) payable to Enoch Pratt Free Library to:

Printing & Publications
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information, contact the Printing & Publications Office at (410) 396-5494.

You can also suggest a new book or other title for the Pratt Library to purchase and add to the collection. Please check the catalog first to see if we already have it.

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