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Light Street

Closed now; Opening @ 10:00 AM

1251 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Map & Directions  |  Parking & Public Transit
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Parking & Public Transit

Parking

Street parking, ADA-accessible parking spot, and bike parking available. There is a public parking garage nearby.

Bus

67, Silver

Charm City Circulator

Purple

Metro SubwayLink

Charles Center

Light RailLink

Hamburg Street

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
Sunday CLOSED
Holiday Closing Schedule
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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
Light Street Branch
Light Street front steps, doors, and sign
Light Street inside - bookshelves, soft chairs
Light Street busy room with computers
Light Street children's area
Light Street meeting room - 3 tables in a C shape and a projection screen

Located in the heart of Federal Hill just blocks from the Cross Street Market, the Light Street Branch serves South Baltimore communities including Federal Hill, Locust Point, Otterbein, and Sharp-Leadenhall.

The Light Street branch was opened February 27, 1886. The original building was closed in 1971, and a replacement building was opened that same year at Light and Ostend streets. Read more Pratt location history.

Upcoming Events

Summer Break Baltimore Kick Off Event: Little Builders Workshop Saturday – Jun 1 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Summer Break Baltimore Kick Off Event: Little Builders… Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Preschool Storytime Monday – Jun 3 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Writers Read: An Evening of Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir Presented by the Light Street Writers Exchange Monday – Jun 3 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Writers Read: An Evening of Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir… Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Guerrilla Art Tuesday – Jun 4 3:00 PM
Guerrilla Art Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Anime & Manga Cafe Friday – Jun 7 3:00 PM
Anime & Manga Cafe Light Street Program Details
Program Details

Features & Services

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

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

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“Really good hours, safe entry, friendly staff, and you always have the book I need. I love how friendly the space is.”

Heather P. –Light Street

“I attend the live concerts and other events at the Light Street Branch, the staff there is wonderful.”

Jane S. —Light Street Branch

“The staff are always helpful and friendly. I appreciate that books can be sent to my branch for pickup and also appreciate the activities they organize.”

Alisha H, Light Street

“I love reading and using the library, it always feels like a privilege. I feel lucky to be in walking distance”

Himani S. – Light Street Branch

“Best public library system ever, and I love my branch.”

Valerie S. –Light Street