Established in 1882, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is a landmark in Baltimore City and a beacon for the free dissemination of knowledge in the city. The design team meticulously restored the Art Deco splendor of the building while seamlessly modernizing its capability to provide enhanced services to the community. The renewed space makes collections easier to access; increases spaces for collaboration and creative learning; introduces new technology; and modernizes building systems. The Central Library is deeply woven into the fabric of Baltimore, and the restored and renovated spaces provide room for ample social and community services, a restored theater, and a new multipurpose room. These amenities enable the library to live out its mission “to provide equal access to information, services, and opportunities that empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all.” Ayers Saint Gross was the managing architect with Beyer Blinder Belle as lead architect.
Originally built in 1933, Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center (EPFL) has recently undergone a $115 million renovation project.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library — the nation’s first free library system — kicked off its $115 million renovation of […]
Changes and additions to the library include a new children’s department, a teen center, more public computers, new work spaces and classrooms, and a recording studio.