Enoch Pratt Central Library. Photo by Jessamyn-West/Flickr.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Baltimore City Health Department to give out free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests at all library locations on Saturdays in January.

Starting Jan. 15, 600 testing kits will be available at each branch from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The library first partnered with the health department in December to provide tests in response to the surge in COVID cases. 

When the library gave out kits on Dec. 21, lines were around the block and all locations ran out within half an hour. 

This time, the branches will have more kits and they will be limited to one per person. 

In partnership with @BMore_Healthy & @MayorBMScott, free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits will be available at ALL Pratt locations Saturdays in January. For adults and minors accompanied by an adult. 10am-12pm, 600 kits to give away per location. Regular library services start at noon. pic.twitter.com/EjcjnbFRy5

— Pratt Library (@prattlibrary) January 13, 2022

The tests come as COVID rates in Maryland continue to climb, with 9,693 new cases reported on Tuesday and 3,428 currently hospitalized. 

At the end of last month, Pratt library reduced its hours and suspended in-person programs in an effort to limit the spread of COVID.  

The testing kits will be available at all locations on Saturdays, including those that are closed.