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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.

Pennsylvania Avenue

Closed now; Opening @ 10:00 AM

1531 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

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Parking & Public Transit


Free street parking available, metered street parking available on West North Avenue.


83, Gold, Lime

Metro Subway


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

The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch has reopened. Expanded evening hours will resume in October.

Day Opens   Closes
Monday 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM 6:00 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
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch - inside the Teen Zone with new paint and colorful updated furniture
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch - wide room view with windows
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch children's section by windows with new bookcases, colorful play zones, and soft furniture
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch inside upstairs seating by stairs and window
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch - inside room with a  privacy pod for meetings

Located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, the Pennsylvania Avenue branch serves the Sandtown-Winchester, Penn-North, Druid Heights, Mondawmin, Upton, Reservoir Hill, Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Parkview/Woodbrook areas. The branch opened its doors in 1953, and underwent renovations in 2023 to include modernized rooms and equipment for children and teens, adults and families.

The Pennsylvania branch was first known as the Easterwood branch, and opened at 2217 West North Avenue on June 26, 1914. A new building was opened January 1953, and was praised for its modern design and use of expansive plate glass windows. Read more Pratt location history.

Upcoming Events

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Grand Reopening Celebration TODAY 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Grand Reopening Celebration Pennsylvania Ave Program Details
Program Details
Canceled: Movie Monday: Smoke Signals Monday – Oct 2 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Canceled: Movie Monday: Smoke Signals Pennsylvania Ave Program Details
Program Details
Decorative Pumpkin Makeover Wednesday – Oct 4 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Decorative Pumpkin Makeover Pennsylvania Ave Program Details
Program Details

Features & Services

  1. Sidewalk Service
  2. Free Wi-Fi
  3. Outdoor 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
  9. Social Worker in the Library
  10. Lawyer in the Library
Community & Meeting Rooms

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

Learn More

“The Pratt Library is a great resource, and the people who work there are polite, knowledgeable, and always willing to help.”

Edward A. –Pennsylvania Avenue