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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

Preschool Leaps

Preschool Leaps 10/7 10:30am

Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers.

Poetry and Conversation: Kathi Wolfe, David Eberhardt, and Gregg Mosson

Poetry and Conversation: Kathi Wolfe, David... 10/7 6:30pm


Kathi Wolfe is a poet and writer. Wolfe's most recent collection, The Uppity Blind Girl Poems, winner of the 2014 Stonewall Chapbook Competition, was...

Toddler Jumps

Toddler Jumps 10/8 11:15am

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

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 10/9 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 10/9 11:30am

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

Recent Events

TAHIRA 10/6/2015

Recent Activity

Kay Taylor

Kay Taylor left a positive review 9/24/2015

Dr. Hrabowski is such an inspiration! His story is amazing and he told it with great humor and transparency. EPFL does a great job with these events and it was such a pleasure to be in attendance!

Nick James

Nick James left a positive review 9/17/2015

V/informative. Ms. Russakoff is not an easy speaker, read notes strictly before q and a. She is sincere and honest, timely topic. Engaging dialogue.

dion metts

dion metts left a positive review 9/2/2015

We loved preschool leaps. My daughter really enjoyed the stories and the feeding of the fish. We will definitely be attending again.

Stephanie Rich

Stephanie Rich left a positive review 8/12/2015

Miko Branch is so rare and exceptional. She is human. She i honest and caring, she cared about the responses and messages she gave. Miko spoke of Titi with love and life, she was present with us...The gift I received was an unexpected treasure, the time in the presence of Miko...hearing the journey with Titi...and their love....inspiring.

Karen Holmes

Karen Holmes left a positive review 7/22/2015

Aryn was great, a lot of information, but I learned some great stuff

Davidson Hernicia

Davidson Hernicia left a positive review 6/20/2015

+Very Enlightening

Davidson Hernicia

Davidson Hernicia left a positive review 6/27/2015

Very Informative

Drew Brown

Drew Brown left a positive review 7/18/2015

Well moderated, good sharing airtime.


L B left a positive review 6/24/2015

very enjoyable; funny & thought-provoking. excellent speaker. loved the poe room also; a beautiful space

Gregory Patterson

Gregory Patterson left a positive review 6/23/2015

Very enjoyable. I wasn't able to obtain a copy at the reading but Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles is destined for my library.

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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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