The Libraries of DC and Baltimore

This is just a wrap-up of the libraries that I went to when I was in the DC/Baltimore area.

  • DC Public – which I already wrote about some. Highlights were free wireless and a really interesting looking building downtown. Downsides were most everything else.
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum Library – where my friend Ron works as a systems/reference librarian. They got new compact shelving that he got to show off and are in the middle of some pretty big deals to expand their digital collection. Very exciting. This library is a hidden treasure in the downtown DC area, if you’re at all interested in the subject area, drop in for a visit.
  • Peabody Library – I can safely say that short of the Library of Congress, I have never seen a library this fancy, but maybe I don’t get out much. Right in Baltimore, sort of unassuming from the outside, it’s completely knockout inside.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library – right up the road from the Peabody, this library has a totally different vibe. Welcoming and bustling with the most fun pamphlet file ever, I had a wonderful time here and took a lot of pictures.
  • Waverly Branch, EPFL – my friend’s local library, just stopped in to take a peek.
  • The People’s Library – did not go in. My friend who lives up the road says he has never gone in either.

6 Responses to “The Libraries of DC and Baltimore”

  1. matildaben Says:

    Ever been to the CNN Library at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta? BoringPostcards showed me around, it looks really cool in an ultra-geeky kind of way.

  2. Chuck Munson Says:

    Did you visit any infoshops or radical bookstores?

  3. jessamyn Says:

    I tried to go to Red Emma’s but they weren’t open when I was in downtown Baltimore. I did spend a lot of time in Normals and got a few great books there.

  4. Ryan Says:

    Next time you’re in D.C., I definitely recommend stopping in at the Brian McKenzie Center infoshop:

  5. Susan Says:

    Typo in Holocaust, you forgot one O, it currently says “Holcaust”.

  6. jessamyn Says:

    Thanks Susan, fixed it!