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Announcement Pratt buildings are currently closed due to COVID-19. Remote and contact-free services are available. Public computer usage is suspended starting Friday, November 27 and will resume Monday, December 7 to help prevent the expected spread of COVID-19 following the Thanksgiving holiday.

Location Closure The Central Library is closed for decontamination. Services at Central Library will resume Monday, December 7. Learn more.

Holiday Closing Services at all Pratt locations will be unavailable Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

2020 Voting Guide


Voting is an essential part of a representative democracy. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the voting procedure in 2020 may be different than past years.

African American Genealogy


Are you trying to find your roots? If you’re running into some brick walls with your genealogical research, or just don’t know how to get started, this guide should be helpful to you.

Baltimore Neighborhood Research Guide


A guide to Baltimore neighborhoods, their history, neighborhood organizations, and statistics.

The Black Panther Party


The Pratt Library has a variety of resources both in person and online that will help you research the Black Panther Party.

Coronavirus COVID-19: Links You Can Trust


Use this guide to find trusted and reliable news sources related to Coronavirus COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses


Find a curated list of reliable resources for local Maryland businesses affected by COVID-19.

Early Maryland History


Find resources and guidance for researching early Maryland history from the Colonial through the Antebellum periods.

Evaluating Old Books


Ever wonder how much your old books are worth? The Humanities Department has resources to help you research and evaluate old books.

Evaluating Old Coins & Paper Money


Use this guide to research the value of your old coins and paper money.

Evaluating Old Stock Certificates


Find out what to do with an old stock certificate, how to determine the value, and about collecting stock certificates.

Finding Movies in the Public Domain


Learn what a public domain movie is, how to find movies in the public domain, and other resources.

Genealogy & Family History Research Guide


Research your family history and genealogy with extensive resources, both in person and online.

Historic Maryland Newspapers


Find historical Maryland newspapers online or in our physical collections.

The History of Your House


Use this guide to research the history of your house, how to determine if it’s a historical house, tax assessments, and local preservation organizations.

How to Get a GED in Maryland


Do you want to learn more about getting your GED? This guide will help you research eligibility, find study resources, and schedule a GED test in the state of Maryland.

How to Start a Nonprofit in Maryland


This guide provides resources and assistance in starting a nonprofit in Maryland, or finding alternatives to starting a nonprofit.

Job Seeker's Toolkit


Looking for a job in Baltimore? This toolkit is designed to support job-seekers and those who assist job-seekers.

National History Day Research


Find contest details, local and online resources, and more information related to National History Day, a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland.

Picture Book Guide


Learn more about the different types of picture books and the benefits of pictures books in child development.

Primary Sources Throughout History


Use primary sources found in the Pratt collections and online to research how different civilizations lived during a specific time period.

Small Business Guide


Find reliable information related to starting a small business in Maryland, taxes, writing a business plan, and more.

Spotting Fake News


This guide will help you determine the kinds of fake news that exist and provide tools for how to evaluate news for its reliability and truth.

Unemployment Services & Resources in Maryland


Has your employment been affected by COVID-19? This guide will help displaced workers apply for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits.

Writing a Grant Proposal


Are you applying for a grant on behalf of your nonprofit organization? This guide will help you write a master proposal.