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Social Science & History Department

The Social Science and History Department has materials to help you whether you’re looking for a historic map, investigating true crime, or researching federal law.

bookshelves in the Social Science and History Deprtment, 2nd floor

The Collection

The Social Science and History Department maintains a collection of reference and circulating books and audiobooks, U.S. government documents, more than 100,000 maps of various kinds, books to find financial assistance for college, and Class Visit Guides for high school library tours.

Subject areas covered include coins, criminology & true crime, education, genealogy, U.S. and world history, federal law, Political Science, sexuality and gender, sociology, travel, Urban Planning, and Women's Studies.

Government Documents

The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center manages the State Publications Depository and Distribution Program. Browse a collection of government documents from all State agencies covering subjects of interest to consumers and researchers alike.

Grants Collection
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Grants Collection books

Grants Collection

Visit the Grants Collection to find hundreds of materials related to fundraising, nonprofit management, grant seeking and grant writing, 990 and 990-PF forms, and related subjects.

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A Pratt library card grants you access to databases for all ages! Research and search articles and documents across dozens of subjects.