It’s a bit of a historic moment for Enoch Pratt Library (and honestly, Baltimore parents). With new funding approved by the Maryland General Assembly and the Baltimore City Council, the library system is expanding their hours by 30%.
What does that mean? Starting January 8th, all neighborhood branches will open (universally!) at 10 AM, six days a week. The Southeast Anchor and Pennsylvania Avenue libraries will serve as community anchors on the East and West sides of the city, with added evening hours. The Central Library, open 7 days a week, will also increase evening hours.
“From now on, you’ll never have to wonder when your library is open,” said Pratt CEO Heidi Daniel in a press release. “This means more free school readiness classes for children, free job training, free computer classes and so much more.”
The state has committed $3 million each year for five years to increase library operating hours. The city has pledged $750,000 annually over that time period to help the library hire additional staff.