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 1-5



Upcoming Events

Preschool Leaps

Preschool Leaps 5/31 10:30am

Story Time

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

Whitman by Heart

Whitman by Heart 5/31 6:30pm


To celebrate Walt Whitman's 198th birthday, we invite you to recite or read up to five minutes of a Walt Whitman poem that you love, or a poem inspired by...

Toddler Jumps

Toddler Jumps 6/1 11:15am

Story Time

Books, rhymes, and bouncing balls. A storytime specially created for 2-year-olds and their caregivers.

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 6/2 10:30am

Story Time

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

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 6/2 11:30am

Story Time

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

Recent Events

Preschool Leaps 5/27/2017

Toddler Jumps 5/25/2017

Recent Activity

towanna simms

towanna simms left a negative review 3/18/2017

Wasn't able to make it

Jarmael Burman

Jarmael Burman left a positive review 3/7/2017

Wesley Lowery's speaking engagement on March 7th at the Central Library was entertaining, informative and compelling.

David Eberhardt

David Eberhardt left a positive review 2/22/2017

very fine- expecially the ? & a and final 2 poems- suggest that you always try to go without the mike first- in that for Ashion the mike kind of made his accent worse- hence his poems incomprehensible- then too, it bothers me when the audience sits in silent stupor- no applause- because they have NO UIDEA whaty the poet is talking abt- w Dora we coluld understand and love her last poem-
BUT that's kind of the poet's responsibility- if they can't sell it, too bad
Kim and Shayleen did a fabulous job


Susan left a positive review 2/8/2017

The writer was very well spoken. He brought up many thought provoking ideas concerning race relations in the US.

Michelle Wynder

Michelle Wynder left a positive review 1/19/2017

I appreciate Ms April Ryan taking time out of her schedule and away from her young daughters to come out and share her book, her knowledge and her love for her Baltimore home. Thank you for inspiring others and reminding us of our learning at our Mama's knee.

Cherrie Woods

Cherrie Woods left a positive review 11/3/2016

Excellent reading by Dr. Monica Coleman. She encouraged and welcomed lots of conversation about the much needed conversation on mental illness.

Maggie Malone

Maggie Malone left a positive review 10/8/2016

Thanks for the help getting started, identifying some great sources and explaining what resources are available.

Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams left a positive review 9/28/2016

I thought he was wonderful and funny - loved listening to the parts he read aloud and thought he did a great job with the questions
and answers - impressed with him.

Rhonda Hawkins

Rhonda Hawkins left a review 4/30/2016

I was unable to attend

Jo Connor

Jo Connor left a positive review 7/9/2016

Great session - very helpful.

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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, 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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