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Enoch Pratt Free Library

400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
+1 410-396-5500
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The first thing that hits you is the Pleasant Smell

There is nothing that compares to walking into a building that is as old as Pratt Library and... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
A backup for your computer

Amazing amount of books and periodicals- Nice areas for study in private-Up to date facility-When I... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

There is nothing that compares to walking into a building that is as old as Pratt Library and smelling the history!. Man, it grabs you with a scent that you will never forget. I have been here 50 times since I was a kid and...More

Thank GASheridan
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Amazing amount of books and periodicals- Nice areas for study in private-Up to date facility-When I was in college-I use to study there all the time

Thank 849lawrences
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
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...More

Thank Copperman1
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
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...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank jeweltones
Reviewed 23 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
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
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank xandersmom1
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