Central Library

400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Located in Mt. Vernon, the Central Library is the block-long headquarters for Baltimore City's library system and its largest public location. Features include multiple rooms for events including a large auditorium, the Poe Room for more intimate events, and a fantastic Children's Department with rooms for early learning and play. Events include frequent free movie screenings and readings by local and nationally famous authors. 

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Mon-Wed 10-7 / Thurs-Sat 10-5 / Sun (Oct-May) 1-5



Upcoming Events

Intermediate to Excel

Intermediate to Excel 6/25 10:00am

Computer Classes

Learn about spreadsheets, toolbars and buttons, and how to save files. Learn different uses for spreadsheets. Become familiar with formatting and printing....

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 6/25 10:15am

Story Time

An interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement. For children up to 36 months with their caregivers.

Preschool Leaps

Preschool Leaps 6/25 11:00am

Story Time

Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers. Call 410-396-5402 to register groups of 5 or more.

FILMTALK - The Big Clock

FILMTALK - The Big Clock 6/25 12:00pm


George Stroud (Ray Milland), editor of Crimeways Magazine, finds himself the victim of an elaborate frame-up by his megalomaniac boss, Earl Janoth (Charles...

Film: The Big Combo

Film: The Big Combo 6/25 2:30pm


The Big Combo is one of the all-time classic film noirs, mixing overt sexuality with graphic violence at a level seldom seen in films of the 1950s. Though...

Recent Events

Toddler Jumps 6/23/2016

Preschool Leaps 6/22/2016

Recent Activity

Cherrie Woods

Cherrie Woods left a positive review 6/22/2016

Good event!

Cherrie Woods

Cherrie Woods left a positive review 4/12/2016

very useful workshop

Cherrie Woods

Cherrie Woods left a positive review 6/14/2016

Terry McMillan was predictably amazing! Can't wait to read her latest masterpiece.

Ageli Grant

Ageli Grant left a positive review 6/14/2016

Wonderful!! Terry McMillan was soo raw and edgy. Hearing her read made me want to jump into the book. I am soo happy I was able to attend

Pamela Suarez

Pamela Suarez left a positive review 6/14/2016

This was a wonderful FREE gathering of beautiful women to see, listen to, and meet the talented Ms. McMillan. She was gracious and candid, as usual and it was a wonderful opportunity for me. I am also very thankful for her offer to those of us with difficulties in walking to come to the front of the line during the book signing portion, thank you and thank you Enoch Pratt staff for hosting in your beautifully historic venue. Pamela Suarez


PATRICIA MARTIN left a positive review 6/14/2016


Hughrine Dannette West

Hughrine Dannette West left a positive review 6/14/2016

It was wonderful. Terry is like an old friend you havent seen in a while, and getting together with her is so special. Love her!

Darreisha Brock

Darreisha Brock left a positive review 6/14/2016

It was great! Thank you for this event!!!

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green left a positive review 6/14/2016

Author, Terry McMillan was my first Writers LIVE event, but it will not be my last!! It was a great event and even greater to see so many people supporting the author, demonstrating their love of reading, and appreciating the excellent events that are hosted at Enoch Pratt!

Sharlimar Douglass

Sharlimar Douglass left a positive review 4/6/2016

James McBride did a lot of focused research on James Brown the musician. He likened James Brown's living and death to the experience of Black people in America. I especially liked his breaking down the musical patterns in James Brown's music and sharing the names of many others who helped him create different unique sound and movement. McBribe was very clear about the focus of the story he writes about James Brown. McBribe is hell bent on Brown receiving his props as a legend and man. He is not engaging spaces where James is not given due for his genius musical talent. He is passionate about the children of North Carolina receiving the 104 million dollars left to them by James Brown. James McBride gives Brown his proper respects.

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Getting Here

    Parking Information

  • Street parking is available, metered until 6pm and free on Sundays. Parking garages and lots available nearby. Bus lines: 2/10, 3, 5, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 61, 64, 91. Light Rail: Centre Street or Lexington Market. Metro subway: Charles Center or Lexington Market. Circulator Purple Route (free!) stops #305 or 306.

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