#TakeoverTuesday: Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

It’s #TakeoverTuesday.  Today we’re going inside the Pennsylvania Avenue branch.

The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue in West Baltimore. The branch opened its doors in 1953, when it was known as Branch 17.  It replaced the original Easterwood Park location that operated from 1914 to 1953.  The branch was remodeled in 1983 and housed the system’s first computer center.  In that first year, more than 500 adults completed computer education courses.

Today, as visitors approach the outside the branch they are greeted by Penny, a mural of a girl reading.

Just recently, Pennsylvania Avenue was designated the anchor library of West Baltimore, with expanded hours to serve the community. 

Pennsylvania Avenue is one of four Pratt locations that offer Social Worker in the Library.   Social Work graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work offer customers help in areas like SNAP benefits, shelter, addiction, immigration, learning differences, health concerns and safety.

The Pratt and Maryland Legal Aid also offer Lawyer in the Library.  The program has helped thousands of people resolve legal issues, such as expungements, child custody, bankruptcy, wills and more.

This spring, the branch is also offering Yoga for Everyone  and Zumba classes, computer courses in the lab, story times for childrenpainting and pastry, and so much more.

So pop on over to Pennsylvania Avenue and check out all we have to offer.


Virtual Reference Library from the Comfort of Home

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is available to all Pratt cardholders.

Your Pratt Library card can connect you to a host of reference materials, and you don’t even have to leave your own couch!

Say, you’re looking to start your own business.  Check out the resources you can find:


Just click on the cover to access your copy with your Library Card now.

Hot New Titles Coming in March

From the former FBI Director’s new tell-all to new recipes from Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, the Pratt Library has all the latest titles.

Click on the cover to reserve your copy now.

New Fiction Titles


New Nonfiction Titles

New Children’s Titles


New Young Adult Titles

New Graphic Novels

Come back tomorrow for the latest digital downloads in the collection.