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Central Library

Open now; Closing at 5:00 PM

400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Parking & Public Transit


Metered street parking available.


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 8:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Holiday Closing Schedule

Holidays & Early Closings

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

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 17, 2022
Presidents’ Day Monday, February 21, 2022
Good Friday Friday, April 15, 2022
Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2022
Juneteenth Monday, June 20, 2022
Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2022
Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2022
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, October 10, 2022
Election Day Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Veterans Day Friday, November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 23, 2022 : closing at 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 2022
Christmas Day Sunday, December 25, 2022
Christmas Day (Observed) Monday, December 26, 2022
Central Library
Central Hall with natural light from above
Central Library interior showing two levels with bookshelves, tables and chairs, and awindow
Central Library - African American Department reading room with bookshelves, wooden chairs, and glass-topped wooden tables
Central Library Teen Center reading room with tables and chairs, books, checkered floors and decorative ceiling
Wheeler Auditorium at Central Library - chairs view from the stage

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

Wednesday – Nov 30 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Business Development with Truth to Power Central Library Program Details
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Thursday – Dec 1 7:00 PM
Pratt Test Kitchen: Mary Beth Albright Central Library Program Details
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Saturday – Dec 3 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Yoga Time! Central Library Program Details
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Saturday – Dec 3 1:00 PM
Writers LIVE! Contributors to "The Greatest Story Never… Central Library Program Details
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Monday – Dec 5 7:00 PM
Writers LIVE! Sam Quinones 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 & Humanities Department

(410) 396‑5484

Fine Arts & Music Department

(410) 396‑5490

H. L. Mencken Room

(410) 396‑5547

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. Free Wi-Fi
  5. Computers for public use
  6. Photocopier and printing services
  7. Children and Teen sections
  8. Job and Career assistance
  9. Events and programs for all ages
  10. Social Worker in the Library
  11. Lawyer in the Library
  12. 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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“What an awesome building! The folks working there are friendly and knowledgeable.”

John S. —Central Library

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

Patricia 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

“It's a lovely facility with dedicated staff, great resources, and it's easy to use.”

Casey W.