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

Location Closure Library services at the Southeast Anchor Library will be unavailable from Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, November 3 for early voting and the general election. It is the only Pratt location being used as a Baltimore city polling location.

Central Library

All Pratt buildings are currently closed because of COVID-19, however contactless Sidewalk Services are available at select locations.

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.

Sidewalk Service is available at this location. Learn more about hours of operation and how to reserve materials.

Please note, the Southeast Anchor Library is the only Pratt Library location being used as a polling location. Other Pratt locations that were used as polling locations in the past will not be used this year. You can find more information about where and how to vote in our 2020 Voting Guide.

Holiday Closing Schedule
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Holidays & Early Closings

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

Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day (Observed) Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2020
Election Day Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2020
Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2020
New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 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.

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) 396‑5402

H. L. Mencken Room


(410) 396‑5547

Humanities Department


(410) 396‑5487

Information Services Department


(410) 396‑5430

Job & Career Information Center


(410) 396‑5430

Maryland Department


(410) 396‑5468

Periodicals Department


(410) 396‑5451

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

Schedule a time to pick up library materials or remote printing

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“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 having a local library within walking distance. The staff are great and my toddler loves the kids area.”

Jane H. — Central Library