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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. 

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


Upcoming Events

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition -- 50 Years, Works, Reasons

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition -- 50... 11/22


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are (2013), Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by the...

Internet Searching

Internet Searching 11/22 10:00am

Computer Classes

Learn to use a search engine and find services on the Internet. Become familiar with links available using the Pratt web site. Understand the importance of...

Pratt 5x3: Teresa Duggan, Patrick Joust, Lynne Parks

Pratt 5x3: Teresa Duggan, Patrick Joust, Lynne... 11/22 10:00am


Three Baltimore photographers, who are also Pratt Library staff members, present five photos each in a joint exhibit of their work.

Book Discussion

Book Discussion 11/22 10:15am

Book Discussions

Read and discuss The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 11/22 10:15am

Story Time

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

Recent Events

Toddler Jumps 11/20/2014

Recent Activity


Crystal left a positive review 11/17/2014

This course was very beneficial as a start-up entrepreneur. I learn about several excellent resources to help me prepare an effective business plan. Thank you so much for providing these types of classes. The instructor was clear and extremely helpful.

Alice J. Rabb

Alice J. Rabb left a positive review 11/8/2014


Amanda Mills

Amanda Mills left a positive review 11/8/2014

wonderful fun, thank you so much!


Kenisha left a positive review 11/5/2014

I'm still in the class, but so far so good. I didn't know that Google had a Calendar that allows everyone to see when you have an event coming up. I also never heard of Hangouts, but it's just like FaceTime and Skype. Overall, I learned a lot in this class.


Marvin left a positive review 11/7/2014

Saw yhis Friday morning and have been recommending it to everyone since then. I'll check it out again!

Frances Muldrow

Frances Muldrow left a negative review 11/5/2014

There are a lot of bugs with this course. Normally when I take a computer course it is more interactive. A powerpoint, with hand-outs If a classmate had not stopped the instructors on day 2 we would still be reading. They were using vernacular like Calendars, google drive, Chrone and we got no demonstrations. Reading will give me knowledge but not the application I need to perform. I am surprised Pratt signed up this course with no syllabus, no structure, and little hands on experience. Hopefully they will follow the recommends the class emailed our instructors at their request.

Alice J. Rabb

Alice J. Rabb left a positive review 11/1/2014


Helen Marcus

Helen Marcus left a positive review 10/24/2014

A very engaging speaker -- the reading and commentary was thoughtful, touching and also very funny at times. The Q&A afterwards elicited some interesting discussion -- made me feel good about my fellow Baltimoreans. And the Poe Room is a great place to hold an event like this -- has a lot of character.

Patricia Simms

Patricia Simms left a positive review 10/11/2014

The instructor was great. The second time I've taken the class, this time I got it.

Patricia Simms

Patricia Simms left a positive review 10/25/2014

Great class.

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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, 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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