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Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
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+1 410-396-5500
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 19:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

This public library is one-block long.

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Main branch of the Enoch Pratt Library

One of my favorite places in old Baltimore. This is a grand old library in the best tradition of classic libraries. These days I go just to work/read in the central area but when... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Free wifi and a quick look at a nice architectural building. not much else for a visitor. hours vary by day.

Thank Christopher F
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

One of my favorite places in old Baltimore. This is a grand old library in the best tradition of classic libraries. These days I go just to work/read in the central area but when I was young I went for pre-computer age research. The H.L.Mecken room is a favorite. if I remember I try to stop in when it is... More 

Thank Copperman1
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

5 Star look. Well maintained. Beautiful section for children with plenty of options to choose from..

Thank Shawn M
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

This library is simply incredible. It is open to all, whether a Baltimore City resident or not. The staff is truly knowledgeable, and they are always happy to help with any request. They will even go back to the old collections and pull something out for you. They have a wide variety of programs, including educational programs and lectures. And... More 

Thank Michael C
metro area Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

An old 1800's building now a large library of impressive architectural features, marble, granite inside--all of the things that made the old buildings elegant and beautiful, especially for a library, and it is huge.Libraries are always peaceful and quiet places to reflect and think and when they are beautiful--even better.

Thank jeweltones
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is the gold standard for libraries. The main branch is a treasure. Almost weekly programs featuring speakers, including best selling authors. The main branch is going through a major renovation that will transform the venue into a state of art property.

Thank Richard J
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I have a love for books and libraries with history so before my flight home I took a 30 minute detour to visit this library to see architecture, the decor, and to read up on the history of Enoch Pratt.

Thank NancyAndrew
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We go to the Pratt (Central Branch) nearly every week. The children section in just great with a lovely little fish pond and comfy nooks for reading together. The Young Adult section is also great and the staff is super helpful. There is nothing like a library built in the grand style of the turn of the century. The Rare... More 

Thank xandersmom1
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Walking distance from Baltimores Washington Monument, a beautiful old building close to museums, shops, restaurants, hospital and so much more, great place to come in and check out the thousands of books, or just check out the computers for internet usage. Check out their publications for monthly events, anything from book writers coming in to free movie nights in the... More 

Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

Beautiful and Historic building. Very conveniently located across from the Basilica. Only Street parking. 2 blocks from Purple Route of Charm City Circulator.

Thank PhrenicEnigma

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