Enoch Pratt Free Library expands sidewalk service, WiFi access

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The Enoch Pratt Free Library is expanding its contact-less pickup program and offering more ways for patrons to access WiFi.

Heidi Daniel, the library system’s president and CEO, announced on Monday that the Pratt has added four more branches to the Sidewalk Service program, which launched in June with eight locations offering contact-free pickup of books and other items.

Sidewalk Service is now offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

  • Brooklyn Branch
    300 E. Patapsco Ave.
  • Central Library
    400 Cathedral St.
  • Edmonson Village Branch
    4330 Edmondson Ave.
  • Herring Run Branch
    3801 Erdman Ave.
  • Northwood Branch
    4420 Loch Raven Blvd.
  • Orleans St. Branch
    1303 Orleans St.
  • Pennsylvania Ave Branch
    1531 W. North Ave.
  • Reisterstown Road Branch
    6310 Reisterstown Road
  • Roland Park Branch
    5108 Roland Ave.
  • Southeast Anchor Library
    3601 Eastern Ave.
  • Walbrook Branch
    W. North Ave.
  • Waverly Branch
    400 E. 33rd St.

Library members can reserve books and other items at prattlibrary.org or by calling (410) 396-5430, and select a pickup location.

They will be contacted by text, phone or email when their order is ready, at which point they must call the branch they’ve chosen to schedule a pickup appointment.

The library is also offering remote printing at all 12 of the Sidewalk Service locations.

Pratt Library is also increasing access to WiFi at some of its branches and out in the community.

Drive-in WiFi is available at eight branches: Brooklyn, Edmondson Avenue, Forest Park, Herring Run, Northwood, Orleans Street, Patterson Park and Waverly.

Patrons do not need a library card to access WiFi at those locations. Both the WiFi network name and password are “epfl-wpa” for all eight library branches.

The Pratt notes on its website that outdoor WiFi is only available on certain sides of the buildings, but the library is working to boost the signal at those sites.

The library is also using its three mobile units–the Bookmobile, Book Buggy, and Mobile Job Center–to provide WiFi access for up to 60 devices. People can visit prattlibrary.org to see where and when those units will be out in the community.

Customers can also check out WiFi hotspots and tablets, which can also function as hotspots, from the library for three weeks at a time and renew them up to three times.

Patrons can return the devices to any Pratt Library branch by making a Sidewalk Service appointment. The library will turn off data for any devices that are not returned by their due date.

Pratt Library is also extending its Read to Reef Book Club through July 24.

Students in 5th grade or under can participate in the book club by requesting a special bookmark from the library to log their aquatic-themed reading. Book club participants who complete the program can then exchange their bookmark for tickets to the National Aquarium.

The aquarium reopened to the public on July 1 with certain restrictions, including allowing up to 25 percent of its capacity and prohibiting visitors from petting animals in the touch tanks, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Marcus Dieterle


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