Pratt Library to start offering sidewalk service at eight locations on June 15

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Eight locations of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will start offering a contact-free pickup service for books and other items starting June 15, the library system announced.

The Central Library and Brooklyn, Northwood, Orleans Street, Roland Park, Southeast Anchor, Walbrook and Waverly branches will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to fulfill orders.

Members can place a hold on books or media through the online catalog at prattlibrary.org or by calling (410) 396-5430. They must choose a preferred pickup location and will be notified by text, email or phone when their order is ready.

Customers must then schedule a pickup appointment by calling the branch from which they wish to receive their order.

Books and other items can be returned at book drops outside all the Pratt’s locations.

Also on June 15, the Pratt will expand its Books By Mail program to everyone in the city. Residents can call (410) 396-5430 to have a book, audiobook DVD or CD sent to their home for free.

Customers will receive a label to ship their items back and are responsible for paying return postage.

“While we are eager to reopen our doors, our first priority is the health and safety of our customers and staff,” Pratt Library president and CEO Heidi Daniel said in a statement. “We have been working in conjunction with city officials as well as leaders at other large library systems across North America to rollout expanded services in the safest possible way.”

Eight branches of the library system are also offering drive-up WiFi internet for Baltimoreans. The Pratt has purchased new equipment to boost the signal so it can be picked up outside of the library building.

The Brooklyn, Edmondson Avenue, Forest Park, Herring Run, Northwood, Orleans Street, Patterson Park and Waverly branches are providing the internet service, and no library card is required.

The network is named epfl-wpa and the password is the same as the network name.

Brandon Weigel


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