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

Toddler Jumps

Toddler Jumps 2/11 11:15am

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

Free Tax Preparation

Free Tax Preparation 2/12 10:30am

Money and Finance

Let IRS-certified tax volunteers file your taxes for free. Eligibility requirements: Income under $54,000, and the return must be within the volunteer...

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 2/12 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 2/12 11:30am

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

Introduction to Windows

Introduction to Windows 2/13 10:00am

Computer Classes

Learn about common Windows terms and definitions. Become familiar with the menu bar, tool bar and other elements. Copying, cutting and pasting, as well as...

Recent Events

Preschool Leaps 2/10/2016

Recent Activity

Rhonda Hawkins

Rhonda Hawkins left a review 2/2/2016

I signed up or February 19,2016.


Mildred left a positive review 4/1/2015



Mildred left a positive review 1/19/2016

It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed the lecture.

Robert O. Williams III

Robert O. Williams III left a positive review 1/19/2016

The book signing was excellent! Not only was the author, Dr. Nelson, very informative but she created an excellent dialogue with the audience. Her book seems very appealing and I can't wait to start reading it.

Karl Crosby

Karl Crosby left a positive review 1/5/2016

I enjoyed the computer class. Everything was explained so that I could understand it good. I know Microsoft Office entirely. But I have been away from soft for some time now that my computer skills have diminished a bit. So I will have to bring my skills back up
from the basic skills. But still the EPFL class was a start and I enjoyed it.
Thank You Karl Crosby

Cassaundra Brown

Cassaundra Brown left a positive review 12/16/2015

We were so excited to attend. But the trial of the first officer of the Freddy Gray homicide charges resulted in a change in the route of our transportation, and we decided not to attend the Kwanzaa celebration at Central branch. We expected it to be a great event.

Martha Edgerton

Martha Edgerton left a positive review 5/16/2015

What a great group of creative women! We had fun and their hand-made books look fantastic! Thank you for your participation and thanks to Pratt for making this class possible.

David Stysley

David Stysley left a positive review 11/10/2015

The information provided was really great. With knowing how to find available grants it really makes it easier to start planning new programs for a non-profit.

David Stysley

David Stysley left a positive review 10/26/2015

I found the resources and websites given at this presentation very helpful. Thank you.

David Eberhardt

David Eberhardt left a positive review 10/7/2015

one of the readers- now that is over - i may comment freely- it is great to b in the poe room-Shayleen and Kim are wonderful librarians- great organizers- the sound crew is wonderful- the readings were great- the ? @ answer, great
the 3 poets, me included- were wonderful- very on the same page

now- to the less positive- which is often left out!!!!!!!

the audience was the usual poetry skimpy-(cannot blame the Pratt- but i do blame the media in baltimore for its lack of attention to poetry)

i had a terrible time trying to get my bookj INTO the library's collection- (but that is not surprising- who am i?) 3- i do not like the library's current plans for rearangement- (google david yaffe)- ( it seems to dis the book)

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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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