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Do you have new or gently used books, magazines, or DVDs that you don’t need anymore? Consider supporting the Pratt Library with a donation of materials. The Library receives many gifts of physical items that substantially enrich the library’s collections. Books, magazines, audiobooks, videos, DVDs, and CDs are all accepted as gifts.

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Gift Policy

Gifts are accepted with the following provisions:

  • The Library collects gifts ONLY in the areas of African-American Studies, Maryland History and Interest, H.L. Mencken, and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • All gifts become the property of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and are subject to its policies and procedures.
  • Materials must be in good condition. Materials in poor condition will not be accepted.
  • The Library reserves the right to dispose of unneeded materials, including selling items at library book sales.
  • The Library cannot appraise the value of materials received as gifts, either for estate evaluation or tax deductions.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse certain types of gifts, such as regalia.
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Planned Giving


Create a legacy with the Pratt that empowers, enriches, and enhances the quality of life for all the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland.

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Donate to the Pratt Library


Your gifts provide crucial support for a wide range of Library programs and services that receive little or no public funding.