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Location Closure The Reisterstown Road branch is closed for building repairs through mid-November. The Forest Park Branch is closed for renovations. The Washington Village Branch is closed until further notice for facility maintenance.

Light Street

Open now; Closing at 5:00 PM

1251 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

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Parking & Public Transit


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


67, Silver

Charm City Circulator


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
Holiday Closing Schedule

Holidays & Early Closings

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

Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24, 2022
Christmas Day (Observed) Monday, December 26, 2022
New Year's Eve Saturday, December 31, 2022
New Year's Day (Observed) Monday, January 2, 2023
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 16, 2023
Presidents’ Day Monday, February 20, 2023
Good Friday Friday, April 7, 2023
Staff Training Day Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Memorial Day Monday, May 29, 2023
Juneteenth Monday, June 19, 2023
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2023
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, October 9, 2023
Veteran's Day (Observed) Friday, November 10, 2023
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 22, 2023 : closing at 5:00 PM
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23, 2023
Christmas Day Monday, December 25, 2023
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

Celebrate Banned Books Week Monday – Oct 2 10:00 AM
Celebrate Banned Books Week Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Let's Stick Together! Monday – Oct 2 3:00 PM
Let's Stick Together! Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Crafternoon: Bat Craft Tuesday – Oct 3 3:30 PM
Crafternoon: Bat Craft Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Baby & Toddler Storytime Wednesday – Oct 4 10:30 AM
Baby & Toddler Storytime Light Street Program Details
Program Details
Preschool Storytime Wednesday – Oct 4 11:30 AM
Preschool Storytime 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.

Learn More

“It is so easy and so convenient to order my books online and have them shipped to my branch that is only a few blocks from my house.”

Victoria S. – Light Street Branch

“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 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

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

Jane S. —Light Street Branch

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

Valerie S. –Light Street