Expand your Education for free

Looking to expand your education without paying a dime? All you need is your Pratt Library card.

Our new streaming service Kanopy offer The Great Courses, a series of educational videos about all kinds of subjects including:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Fine arts and Music
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Modern history
  • Literature and English language
  • Philosophy and Intellectual history
  • Professional development and Better living.

More than 3,400 FREE videos are available.

Also available for FREE with your Pratt card are Gale Courses.  Gale provides easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology and personal enrichment courses, computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced.

Some of the most popular classes include:

  • Intro to Microsoft Excel
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • A to Z Grant Writing
  • Medical Terminology

Your free access to unlimited education is available with your Pratt Library card.


Resolutions to Reality

The Pratt Library can help you meet your goals in 2019

Get Fit

Fitness Classes are available across the Pratt system.  Check out the full listings here.

Cherry Hill Branch

Jamercise: Wednesdays  4:30pm

Hamilton Branch

Yoga for Beginners: Fridays 10:30am

Herring Run Branch

Stepping at the Pratt: Thursdays 5pm, Saturdays 11am

Keep a Budget

From clipping coupons to keeping a budget, programs are available at Pratt locations to help you stick to it.

Orleans St Branch

Successful Budgeting Tips: Saturday Jan 5, 3:30pm & Thursday, Jan 31, 6pm

Govans Branch

Women on the Move, Saturday, Jan 12, 12pm

Walbrook Branch

Financial Literacy Workshop, Saturday, Jan 26, 1pm

Stop Smoking

The Baltimore Department of Health is teaming up with the Pratt to help you kick the habit. See all programs here. 

Waverly Branch

Monday, Jan 14, 5pm

Light Street Branch

Thursday, Jan 17, 5pm

Pennsylvania Ave Branch

Wednesday, Jan 30, 5pm

Looking for more help with your goals in 2019? Check out the full Pratt programming calendar. 



Food for Friends 2019

The Pratt Library’s partnership with the Maryland Food Bank continues … with a twist.

January 2 – 31

The newly named Food for Friends program replaces popular Food for Fines. “The Pratt Library is now fine-free. But we want to continue our support of the Maryland Food Bank during the winter,” says Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “I encourage everyone to drop off canned goods at our Pratt branches to help in this citywide effort to give back.”

Donate canned foods to help our neighbors in need.

canned foods
  • All proceeds benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

  • One can pays off $1 of library fees up to $50 per customer for the month. 
    For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library fees.
  • 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.

Last year the Pratt collected 7,411 pounds of food, enough to feed more than 6,175 Marylanders. “This year marks our 40th year of feeding hungry Marylanders across the state, so we are especially excited to kick off 2019 with the help of our friends at the Enoch Pratt Free Library,” says Carmen Del Guercio, President & CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “Campaigns like Food For Friends are instrumental to the work we do, not only because it’s an easy way for people to donate nutritious food, but because they bring attention to the fact that hunger is a year-round issue, one that doesn’t end once the holidays are over.”

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



Binge Watch over Break (for free)

Looking for something to binge watch over holiday break?

Here are some of the most downloaded items from Hoopla Digital of 2018.

If you like a good Mystery

Keeping Faith

Award-winning actress Eve Myles  stars in this BBC thriller as Faith Howells, a fun-loving lawyer with a happy marriage and three children, enjoying an extended maternity leave from the law firm she founded with her husband, Evan. Then one day, Evan leaves for work but never arrives.

For the Kids

Paw Patrol

PAW Patrol is a CG action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of six heroic puppies led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder.


If You’re Working on Yourself

The Great Courses: Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence

In Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Jason Satterfield teaches how to identify, monitor, and regulate your own emotions – instead of letting your emotions run the show – and how to manage emotions in others. With the skills you learn from this exciting interactive course, you will be able to improve your emotional intelligence (EQ) now and throughout your life.

For those into History

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South.

For those that Need a (not appropriate for all ages) Laugh

Chapelle’s Show: Season 1

Dave Chappelle’s singular point of view is unleashed through a combination of laidback stand-up and street-smart sketches. This iconic series broke ground while also being the funniest show on television.



For the Bakers… or if you like watching other people Bake

The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show is the ultimate baking battle in which passionate amateur bakers compete with the goal to be named the UK’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds.



Hoopla is available for free with your Pratt Library card.  Download 6 items every month.