Enoch Pratt Library, Orleans Street Branch

This urban branch library, situated in a marginal neighborhood between downtown Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine campus, provides a twofold benefit. It enhances its surroundings as an open and inviting place as a beacon to its immediate community and provides an efficient example of a thoroughly modern library for a citywide system that has not built a new branch library in over thirty years. The 15,000 GSF program includes a 25’ high reading room, young adult, children’s and study areas, stacks, lobby, computer classroom, two public meeting rooms, staff offices and support spaces.

Enoch Pratt Free Library with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
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A collection of inviting spaces

  1. Adult reading area has views out to the street.
  2. Library entrance provides places to read and gather outside.
  3. Entry and security desk present an inviting face to the public.
  4. Periodicals stacks with reading areas are situated up against the street facade.
  5. Children's reading area receives daylight from the street facade, but occupants are protected from view by the stepping facade and book stacks.

Main street facade is designed to resemble a collection of books.