Baltimore— The Enoch Pratt Free Library will begin offering appointment-only computer use at 3 locations starting November 4th. A limited number of computer stations will be available at the Central Library, Southeast Anchor Libra Appointment guest helps customers walk through the process.
In July, the Pratt began lending Wi-Fi hotspots to customers. Free Drive-In Wi-Fi can also be accessed outside 8 library locations. The Pratt’s Bookmobile and Mobile Job Center have been outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots and redeployed to neighborhoods where connectivity can be challenging. Each vehicle can support up to 60 devices.
“We will continue to look for ways to expand our services to meet the needs of our community while keeping customers and staff safe,” said Daniel. Contact-free Sidewalk Service materials pickup is also available at 14 Pratt locations, which also feature remote printing by appointment. More details are available at prattlibrary.org.ry, and the Pennsylvania Avenue branch.
A small number of walk-in customers will also be accepted. Customers entering a Pratt building will have their temperatures checked and be required to wear a mask or face covering. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted. Each computer station will be spread six feet apart. The keyboard and mouse will have protective covers and each work- station will be disinfected in between appointments.
“We know many of our customers rely on the Pratt for our computers to connect to the Internet,” said Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “Connectivity is important to help people find jobs, apply for unemployment, connect with family members, to complete educational work, and so much more. That’s why we are prioritizing bridging the digital divide for customers who may not have access at home. We hope to open more locations for computer appointments in December.” Customers can begin calling to book November appointments. A video with a special Computer
Customers can sign up for a 45-minute appointment by calling one of the three locations: Central Library 400 Cathedral St. 410-396-5325 Monday - Saturday: 10am-4pm Southeast Anchor Library 3601 Eastern Ave 443-984-3901 Monday -Friday: 10am – 4pm (every other Saturday) Pennsvlvania Ave. Branch 1531 W. North Ave 410-396-0399 Monday - Friday: 10am – 4pm (every other Saturday )