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Announcement All Pratt locations are open at 50% capacity with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. Learn more.

Picking Up Materials

Use one of the following methods to pick up physical items from the Pratt Library collection.

  • In person: Pratt locations are open at 50% capacity with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. Customers can come into the building to pick up holds, or browse the collection and check out materials in-person. Self-checkout is available at select locations.

  • Sidewalk Service: We recognize that some customers may not be ready or able to come to the counter inside the library, so we are continuing Sidewalk Service appointments at all Pratt locations.

  • Books by Mail: Baltimore City residents can have materials mailed to them for free.

Looking for a book that’s not in our catalog? Marina Interlibrary Loan is a free, statewide interlibrary loan system for requesting books your Library does not own from public libraries across the country.

library staff checking out books with a mask on during COVID-19

Library staff can safety check out your materials at the counter

Books by Mail return label

Books by Mail is an option for Baltimore City residents

Returning Materials

Pratt materials can be returned to any Pratt location using the outdoor book drop. A book drop will be added to the Hampden location soon. Please use the book drops to return all library items except for digital devices and Library of Things items, which must be returned in person at the counter.

Book by Mail items can be returned via book drop, or by mail. Customers will receive a shipping label with their order but will be responsible for return postage costs.

returning books by bike using a Pratt Library book drop

Library book drops are a convenient way to return most materials

book drop for returning library materials at the Forest Park branch

Book return containers are available outside library locations

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computer and internet devices - mobile hotspot, tablet, chromebook

Computer & Internet Devices

With a Pratt Library card, you can borrow computer and internet devices like Chromebooks, tablets, and mobile hotspots to get online from the comfort of your home.