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

Central Library

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

Open now; Closing at 7:00 PM

400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Map & Directions  |  Public Transportation
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Public Transportation

Bus

51, 94, Blue, Green, Pink, Silver

Charm City Circulator

Purple - Stops 305 (N. Charles and Pleasant St.) or 306 (N. Charles and Hamilton St.)

See the Circulator's website for other routes, schedules and information.

Light Rail

Centre Street, Lexington Market

Metro Subway

Charles Center, Lexington Market

For more public transportation information, visit the Maryland Transit Administration.

Day Opens   Closes
Monday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED
Holiday Closing Schedule
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Holidays & Early Closings

All Pratt Library locations will be closed on the following days:

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18, 2021
Presidents’ Day Monday, February 15, 2021
Good Friday Friday, April 2, 2021
Memorial Day Monday, May 31, 2021
Juneteenth Friday, June 18, 2021
Independence Day Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day Monday, September 6, 2021
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, October 11, 2021
Veterans Day Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 24, 2021 : closing at 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 25, 2021
Christmas Eve Friday, December 24, 2021
Christmas Day Saturday, December 25, 2021
Central Library

The Central Library is located in the heart of Mount Vernon. With more than half a million visitors each year, the state-of-the-art renovations to the Central Library complement Pratt's significant print collection with the latest technologies, welcoming a vibrant future while preserving a cherished historic landmark.

The Central Library was designated the Maryland State Library Research Center (SLRC) by the General Assembly in 1971. This designation and accompanying State support allow all Maryland citizens to have access to a public library whose resources are unparalleled in the State.

Upcoming Events

TOMORROW 7:00 PM
Writers LIVE! Jen Michalski & James Magruder Central Library Program Details
Program Details
Wednesday – Oct 27 7:00 PM
Writers LIVE! Arnold Lehman, Sensation: The Madonna… Central Library Program Details
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Friday – Oct 29 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The Mt. Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra presents… Central Library Program Details
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Monday – Nov 1
Take & Make: Art Machines by FutureMakers All Pratt Locations Program Details
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Monday – Nov 1 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the National Players Central Library Program Details
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Departments & Collections

African American Department


(410) 361‑9287

Best & Next Department


(410) 396‑4616

Business, Science & Technology


(410) 396‑5317

Children's Department


(410) 396‑5402

Fiction Department


(410) 396‑5484

Fine Arts & Music Department


(410) 396‑5490

H. L. Mencken Room


(410) 396‑5547

Humanities Department


(410) 396‑5487

Information Services Department


(410) 396‑5430

Job & Career Information Center


(410) 396‑5317

Maryland Department


(410) 396‑5468

Periodicals Department


(410) 396‑5451

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Room


(410) 396‑5430

Social Science & History Department


(410) 396‑5320

Special Collections


(443) 984‑2451

Teen Center


(410) 396‑5486

Features & Services

  1. Sidewalk Service
  2. State Library Resource Center
  3. ADA/handicap accessible
  4. Metered street parking
  5. Free Wi-Fi
  6. Computers for public use
  7. Photocopier and printing services
  8. Children and Teen sections
  9. Job and Career assistance
  10. Events and programs for all ages
  11. Social Worker in the Library
  12. Lawyer in the Library
  13. Self check-out
Sidewalk Service Available

Make an appointment to check out library materials, print remotely, and borrow computer and internet devices with contactless pickup.

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“Beautiful facility, diverse offerings. The staff cares about patrons.”

Anissa C. –Central Library

“I love the Central Library! The building is beautiful and the staff are always courteous and helpful.”

Patricia B. – Central Library

“The building itself is beautiful. I found more resources than I expected. The staff did not hesitate to help. I love that it's a place where everyone can feel welcome regardless of everyone's differences.”

Karla B. — Central Library

“I love the atmosphere at the Central Library, and the service is great too. They've done a great job with COVID-19 protocol.”

Donna C. –⁠Central Library

“I've loved the Pratt and especially Central since I was 6 years old. Central has history in its stunning architecture.”

Signe L. –Central Library