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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.

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

Sidewalk Service - customer and staff by table tent at Central Library

Staff bringing library materials outside at a safe distance

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Pick up your library books and other materials by appointment, while wearing a face covering

Sidewalk Service is by appointment only. In addition to Sidewalk Service, you can also receive Pratt Library Books by Mail.

In addition to picking up materials from our catalog, you can find the following at Sidewalk Service locations:

Need help with Remote Printing? Call (410) 396-5430.

Locations & Hours

Sidewalk Service is available at the following locations during the times indicated below.

Saturday hours are now available. The Central Library will be open every Saturday, and other locations will be open on alternating Saturdays as indicated below.

Monday through Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Every Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
LocationAddressPhone # to Schedule Pickup
Central Library400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201(410) 396-5325
Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov. 7 & 21, 10 am – 4 pm
LocationAddressPhone # to Schedule Pickup
Brooklyn300 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, MD 21225(443) 984-4923
Hamilton5910 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214(410) 396-6088
Pennsylvania Avenue1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217(410) 396-0399
Reisterstown Road6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, MD 21215(410) 396-0948
Roland Park5108 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210(410) 396-6059
Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 & 28, 10 am – 4 pm
LocationAddressPhone # to Schedule Pickup
Edmondson Avenue4330 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229(410) 396-0946
Herring Run3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213

*Closed for decontamination

Light Street1251 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230(410) 396-1096
Northwood4420 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21218(443) 984-3912
Orleans Street1303 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21231(443) 984-3917
Southeast Anchor3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224(443) 984-3901
Walbrook3203 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21216(410) 396-0935
Waverly400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218(410) 396-6089

How Sidewalk Service Works:

Step 1: Place a Hold

You can place a hold on a book or other material through the library’s catalog or by calling (410) 396-5430, and indicating your preferred pick-up location. If your local branch is not a pick-up location, you can request for your items to be sent to one of the branches listed above.

We recently increased checkout limits to 10 items each for DVDs, Audiobooks, music CDs, Blu-rays, and Playaways. Checkouts are still limited to 30 items total.

Step 2: Schedule a Pickup

All pickups must be scheduled with library staff. After you are contacted via email, text, or phone when your materials are ready to be picked up, call your pick-up location during operating hours to schedule your appointment.

You may also text us to schedule your appointment once you are notified that your items are ready. Message and data rates may apply. Please text the following keyword based on the pick-up location to (410) 807-8687 to begin:

"BROOKLYN" for Brooklyn"CENTRAL" for Central
"EDMONDSON" for Edmondson Avenue"HAMILTON" for Hamilton
"HERRING" for Herring Run"LIGHT" for Light Street
"NORTHWOOD" for Northwood"ORLEANS" for Orleans Street
"PENNSYLVANIA" for Pennsylvania Avenue"REISTERSTOWN" for Reisterstown Road
"ROLAND" for Roland Park"SOUTHEAST" for Southeast Anchor
"WALBROOK" for Walbrook"WAVERLY" for Waverly

A staff member at your selected location will respond to schedule your appointment. To change your pick-up location, text the new keyword and your message will be transferred to the new location. Please note that if you receive hold notifications via text, the number (beginning with 888) is a do-not-reply line. Use (410) 807-8687 to schedule your appointment and announce your arrival.

Step 3: Arrive at Scheduled Time & Location

When you arrive at the library location, follow the signs to the area for Sidewalk Service. At most locations, this will be a table set up outside the branch.

Once you have arrived at the Sidewalk Service location, follow these procedures:

  • Call the telephone number listed on the sign or reply "I'm here" to the appointment confirmation. Staff will verify your account information over the phone using your library card number.
  • All customers approaching the table must be wearing a face covering or mask.
  • At the pick-up table, you must remain standing on social distancing markers on the ground in front of the table. Library staff will place library materials in a bag on the table, and step back six feet.
  • Once the staff member has stepped back you can collect your materials off the table.

Step 4: Return Materials

  • Books and materials should be returned to the contact-free book drops available outside at all Pratt locations.
  • To return hotspots or tablets, please make a Sidewalk Service appointment.
  • Please note, during the quarantine period for sanitization, materials will still show in your account at least two (2) days after they are returned. This does not affect your checkout times.

Sanitation & Quarantine

The Pratt Library is following best practices provided by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) by quarantining all incoming materials for 48 hours.

Staff will begin checking in items after the 48 hour quarantine period is complete. Depending on the day and time returned, you should expect to see items removed from your account within one (1) week. If items are still showing on your account after one week, please contact the library where you returned your materials. You may still enjoy your full borrowing period as items are backdated in our system to account for this delay.

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Remote Printing

Your Pratt Library card now gives you access to a contact-free, remote printing service.

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Mobile Hotspots & Tablets

Mobile hotspots and tablets are now available to borrow from the Pratt Library, allowing you to connect to your devices with access to free Wi-Fi.