Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD

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The main branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library. (Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library)

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is a haven in the city of Baltimore. With 22 locations across the city, the library provides vital services, information, and opportunities to all. Where else can a homeless person, a mother with a child, a business executive, or the mayor walk in and all be treated equally? The Pratt is a place where civil discourse happens. Librarians are trusted by the community and turned to for help. The Pratt helps people be their best selves.

Stories About Enoch Pratt Free Library

If you go around Baltimore, nearly everyone has a Pratt story. The Pratt has also opened up doors in the community. This year, “Social Worker in the Library” was launched to help connect people to the social services they need without ever having to leave the library. One of the social workers was able to help a gentlemen begin to learn how to read. He stood up during a group session and told everyone for the first time that he was able to pay a bill on time because he could read what the bill said. He then proceeded to read aloud from a children’s story book. There was not a dry eye in the house.

Another program that’s expanding at the Pratt is “Lawyer in the Library.” Attorneys provide free legal aid to community members for things like expungements. One woman came in with her young daughter and was shocked to realize in a short time she could have her record expunged, which would open up employment opportunities she’d never had before. She looked at her daughter and said “today you have a new mommy.” These stories happen every day inside the Pratt Library.

Using the technology at Enoch Pratt. (Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library)
One of the littlest library card holders. (Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library)
More kids at the library. (Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library)
Libraries make laughter. (Courtesy of Enoch Pratt Free Library)


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