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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. 

This location is wheelchair accessible.Accessibility icon




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


Upcoming Events

Making A Difference: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement

Making A Difference: African American Women and... 7/30


The exhibit showcases photographic images and stories of African American women who were instrumental in shaping the modern Civil Rights Movement from the...

Maryland in Black and White: Documentary Photographs from the Great Depression and World War II

Maryland in Black and White: Documentary... 7/30


Curated by historian Constance B. Schulz, this exhibition contains photographs of Maryland in the 1930s and early '40s taken by U.S. Government commissioned...

Introduction to PowerPoint, Part I

Introduction to PowerPoint, Part I 10am 7/30

Computer Classes

Learn the basics of putting together a multimedia slide presentation. In the PowerPoint 2010 class, you will learn the basics of putting together a...

Pam the Kindersinger

Pam the Kindersinger 10:30am 7/30

Story Time, Summer Reading

Join Pam and her puppet pal Rascal for songs, dancing, rhymes, and lots of interactive fun.

Preschool Leaps

Preschool Leaps 10:30am 7/30

Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers.

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Jeannie Lorenz

Jeannie Lorenz left a positive review 6/21/2014

My 5-year old daughter and my ten year old god-daughter read aloud to Jasper, a Portuguese water dog, and to Nicky, a sweet and gentle golden Retriever. They all had a good time. I think the program is fantastic. My daughter read three books and hugged Nicky. Thank you and the dogs.

Naomi Ball

Naomi Ball left a review 6/16/2014

Very Good; experienced speaker.

Naomi Ball

Naomi Ball left a positive review 6/14/2014

Great; suggesting advanced class

Suzzanne Connolly

Suzzanne Connolly left a positive review 6/2/2014

It was a wonderful event. I just moved here and this was my first visit to the library. What a treat! Thank you.


Chris left a positive review 5/31/2014

My son and I really enjoyed it, we both learned something and we look forward to attending future events! I only wish there was more there, perhaps in the future you could combine with other activities to make it a larger event. A couple ideas, library hack-a-thon or a mini-maker fare. Again, we will be back I look forward to the event getting bigger and bigger!

Joslyn Bowling

Joslyn Bowling left a positive review 5/31/2014

Nice job! Great speaker, lunch, and interactive tables. Thank you!

Alex Rediger

Alex Rediger left a positive review 4/22/2014

Nice place to share poetry. Pretty eclectic group. I appreciate that I have a place to read poetry I value and read poetry I've written out loud. It's an accepting and low-pressure group as well. And who can beat the Poe room?

Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman left a positive review 3/25/2014

I now know what fiscal sponsorship is all about .

Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman left a positive review 4/9/2014

It was very helpful information provided and I made some needed connections.

Arthur Jenne

Arthur Jenne left a positive review 3/29/2014

Ideas presented were helpful to me dealing with my family photos. I plan to attend other meetings. Arthur

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Getting Here

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  • Street parking is available, metered until 6pm and free on Sundays. Parking garages and lots available nearby. Bus lines: 2/10, 3, 8, 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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