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Announcement The Central Library is open regularly scheduled hours. We are addressing the issue with the Central Library phone's answering message and appreciate your patience.

Location Closure The Govans Branch is closed through Friday, May 31 due to facility maintenance.

Announcement Some online catalog functions including account login, hold requests, and new account creation will be unavailable due to software maintenance Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30.


Closed now due to facility maintenance; Opening Saturday @ 10:00 AM

5714 Bellona Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212

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Parking & Public Transit


Bike parking and street parking, both metered and free, available.


52, Red

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

Day Opens   Closes
Monday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM 5:30 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM 5:30 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:

New Year's Day Monday, January 1, 2024
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15, 2024
Presidents’ Day Monday, February 19, 2024
Good Friday Friday, March 29, 2024
Staff Training Day Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024
Juneteenth Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Independence Day Thursday, July 4, 2024
Labor Day Monday, September 2, 2024
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, October 14, 2024
Election Day Tuesday, November 5, 2024
Veterans Day Monday, November 11, 2024
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 27, 2024 : closing at 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28, 2024
Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 2024 : closing at 5:00 PM
Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25, 2024
New Year's Eve Tuesday, December 31, 2024 : closing at 5:00 PM
New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2025
Govans exterior entrance - red signs, doors, steps, and flowers
Govans room view with computers
Govans staff at desk, bookshelves, windows, plants
Govans bookshelves, plants, Caregivers Corner brochures
Govans meeting room

Located in the heart of Govans just off York Road near Govans Elementary School the Govans Branch serves the communities of North Central Baltimore including Govans, Belvedere, Homeland, and Radnor-Winston.

The Govans branch was opened at 5714 Bellona Avenue in September 1921. The building was expanded in 1942 and renovated in 1993. The Govans branch is still open today. Read more Pratt location history.

Upcoming Events

Canceled: Family Storytime TODAY 12:30 PM
Canceled: Family Storytime Govans Program Details
Program Details
Canceled: Book Discussion TODAY 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Canceled: Book Discussion Govans Program Details
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Summer Break Baltimore Kick Off Saturday – Jun 1 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Summer Break Baltimore Kick Off Govans Program Details
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Sold Out: Zumbini with Kirsten Saturday – Jun 1 11:30 AM
Sold Out: Zumbini with Kirsten Govans Program Details
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3D Printing Monday – Jun 3 3:00 PM
3D Printing Govans Program Details
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Features & Services

  1. Sidewalk Service
  2. Free Wi-Fi
  3. Computers for public use
  4. Photocopier and printing services
  5. Children and Teen sections
  6. Annual Spring Lecture and Fall Celebration
  7. Job and Career assistance
  8. Events and programs for all ages
  9. ADA accessible
Community & Meeting Rooms

Reserve a room at the Govans Branch for your next meeting or community event.

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“I've been a patron of Enoch Pratt Library since I was a small child visiting the Govans Branch. I have always sung its praises!”

Stephanie P. –Govans Branch

“The Govans branch has an excellent collection of books for adults, young adults and children along with an amazing collection of CDs and audio books.”

Lisa B, Central

“I love the library. The Govans Branch is particularly cozy and has always been there since my childhood.”

Laurel S. –Govans

“I LOVE our beautiful little Govans branch and their wonderful staff.”

Joyce C. –Govans Branch

“The library personnel are extremely nice and helpful. Govans is my favorite library.”

Joanne H. — Govans Branch