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Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Address: 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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+1 410-396-5500
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This public library is one-block long.

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Beautiful library!

I would recommend this library if you are looking for a book you cannot find in the county library! This library not only has a great selection of books, but the building itself... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2015
Nottingham, Maryland
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Toronto, Ohio
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Reviewed June 15, 2015

It is difficult to provide a review of this as we aren't residents and not using the library on a regular basis. It was impressive in its sheer size and the staff was very helpful. Our main reason for the visit was to see the Edgar Allan Poe room. After all surely of all places Poe would be honored would... More 

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Nottingham, Maryland
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Reviewed June 4, 2015

I would recommend this library if you are looking for a book you cannot find in the county library! This library not only has a great selection of books, but the building itself is beautiful!

Thank rddiggins
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed December 2, 2014

Historic building with all the tech stuff that you need to find all sorts of information. Worth a visit because of the history and just a nice library in general.

Thank veebee43
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Reviewed November 14, 2014

What a grand library. There is so much for the community in various multiple medias. The architecture of the original build is magnificent. We enjoyed the Where the Wild Things Are Exhibit. I wish we had something comparable at home. This place can make anyone fall in love with learning all over again.

Thank dalm0m
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed October 14, 2014

There are many branches to the Enoch Pratt library and each one has its own character. the main branch is the largest and most interesting. They hold lots of events and learning sessions for people of all ages.

Thank RHF340
Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed October 14, 2014

Thought I'd pop in to check what the library looks like. It is a working library so folks were at the tables and desks. It is not a particularly ornate place, as some of the old ones are, the Library of Congress, for example.

Thank Margaret C
Lutherville, Maryland
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Reviewed September 20, 2014

I have to admit: I'm a bibliophile. I love books of all types: large books, small books, books with lots of illustrations, books in foreign languages - l love 'em all! When you step into the Central Library, the first thing that grabs you is what a beautiful building this is - an architectural monument to learning and literature and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed September 16, 2014

I love this library system. Good selection. It is a free library. My only suggestion is to look online before going to pick up a book. Make sure the book you want is at the location you are going to visit.

Thank Athletchic
Durham, NC
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61 reviews
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

This well used main library is a wonderful place. There is a vast store house of material for all. Much reference material can be used in the library without being a resident and without a charge. Things like back copies of newspapers (and not just Baltimore), immigration records, boat records, census materials, army records, city directories, tax records and more.... More 

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Reviewed July 22, 2014

I call in advance for a trip to the computer center. That way I can keep the websites from Facebook to MeetMe highlighted!

Thank Shawn Tavon S

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