Learn More about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Courtesy: Library of Congress

Historical videos of Dr. King’s most memorable moments

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Pratt Library can help you learn more about the civil rights leader.  Our Access Video service allows you to view historical videos of Dr. King. From commentary, to news conferences, speeches, biographies and interviews, the Access Video collection lets you to relive some of the Dr. King’s most notable moments.

Martin’s Big Words uses quotes from some of Dr. King’s most memorable speeches and vibrant watercolor paintings to bring Dr. King’s words to life.

All of that and more now available at Access Video On Demand.


New Year, New Hours

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is thrilled to announce a more than 30% increase in hours

Starting today, the Enoch Pratt Free Library will increase service hours at libraries across the city.  The Central Library will be open 7 days a week year-round. The Southeast Anchor and Pennsylvania Avenue branches will serve as anchor libraries on the East and West sides of the city.  Neighborhood branches will move to a consistent universal schedule, opening at 10am 6 days a week.

Central Library

Monday: 10a-7p

Tuesday: 10a-7p

Wednesday: 10a-7p

Thursday: 10a-7p

Friday: 10a-5p

Saturday: 10a-5p

Sunday: 1p-5p

Southeast Anchor & Pennsylvania Ave

Monday: 10a-8p

Tuesday: 10a-8p

Wednesday: 10a-8p

Thursday: 10a-8p

Friday: 10a-5p

Saturday: 10a-5p

Sunday: CLOSED

Neighborhood Branches

Monday: 10a-8p

Tuesday: 10a-5:30p

Wednesday: 10a-5:30p

Thursday: 10a-8p

Friday: 10a-5p

Saturday: 10a-5p

Sunday: CLOSED


Increased hours means more:


Check out The Compass for all our free events and stop into one of the Pratt’s 22 locations today. For more information, go to www.prattlibrary.org.

Food For Fines is Back!

Donate canned foods to pay off your library fines. Each can = $1.

  • All proceeds benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
  • There’s no limit on the amount of cans that you can donate!
    For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library card fines.
  • Canned goods must be unopened and unexpired to qualify. No glass containers, please.
  • To participate, just drop off your cans at the Circulation Desk of any Pratt Library branch.

You can donate even if you don’t have fines. Contact your local branch for details.

Support healthy eating by donating the following most needed items:

  • Canned Proteins: canned tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter, or beans
  • Canned Vegetables: low sodium, no salt added
  • Fruits and Juices: in light syrup or its own juices, fruit cocktail, apple sauce, juice boxes
  • Pasta & Rice: brown & white rice, macaroni & cheese, pasta
  • Breakfast: cereal, oatmeal, quick oats, granola/cereal bars
  • Soups & Stews: low sodium, beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, vegetable, turkey & rice
  • Dairy: shelf-stable milk, evaporated milk, infant formula

Last year, the Pratt collected 8,124 pounds of food for the Maryland Food Bank, to help feed 6,770 Marylanders.