Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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Hours

1100 Frederick Road Wheelchair accessible symbol.
Catonsville, Maryland 21228-5092

 

 

  • Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Mon: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tue: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wed: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thu: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Services

In addition to book, CD and DVD collections for all ages, this branch offers the following:

Friends

Mission Statement

 

The purpose of the Friends of the Catonsville Library is to provide support to the services, facilities and resources of the Catonsville Branch; to provide support from time to time to the Baltimore County Public Library System as deemed appropriate by the Board; to maintain and promote the Catonsville History Room at the branch.

 

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Projects

 

  • Provide funding for programs, landscaping and other service and facility enhancements.
     

  • Organize and present an annual reception for local authors.
     

  • Collect and maintain materials for the Catonsville History Room; provide funding for storage and preservation of History Room materials.

 

History

 

Local History Room

 

Catonsville Room interior at the Catonsville BranchOne of the special collections available at the Catonsville Branch is the Catonsville Room. Located on the lower level of the building, it is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, most from the Friends of the Catonsville Library.

 

The collection contains maps, city directories, transcripts of oral histories, yearbooks of the Catonsville High School and numerous picture collections.

 

The Catonsville Room is open every Thursday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and on the first Wednesday night of the month from 7 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.. Call ahead to confirm, especially if the weather is bad.

 

 

About This Branch

 

In the late 1800s, Library Hall on Frederick Road provided a rental book collection, with separate reading rooms for men and women.  Later, the need for a free public library was recognized and in 1941 the Catonsville Library Association, Inc., was formed. Volunteers went door to door soliciting donations from local residents to form a library.

 

On July 1, 1941, the Catonsville Free Public Library opened its doors in a rented building on Frederick Road. By 1945 the book collection numbered 3,625 volumes for adults and 1,276 for children, plus newspapers and periodicals.

 

The library soon outgrew its quarters and in 1945 the Library Association purchased a small brick building at 927 Frederick Road, where library service thrived.

 

The current Catonsville Branch was dedicated in 1963 and is located at 1100 Frederick Road near the corner of Beaumont Avenue. On this site is rumored to have been Castle Thunder, home of English businessman Richard Caton and Polly Carroll (daughter of signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll.)

 

The mural in the branch's Heidelbach Memorial Garden was dedicated on June 2, 1996 and was spearheaded by the Catonsville Garden Club. Each panel depicts a scene from a children's literature classic and was created by the students of Hillcrest, Maiden Choice, Catonsville Middle, Saint Mark's, Westowne, Saint Agnes, Saint Paul, and Delrey schools.

 

 

About this Community
 

According to the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, "Catonville’s position along the Frederick Turnpike made it a natural resting point where inns and shops sprang up." Along with businesses came the beginnings of a diverse community: both Protestant and Catholic immigrants from European nations, along with African American Methodists, established new churches in Catonville. Sometime during the 1830’s, 'Catonville' took on  its current spelling of 'Catonsville.'

 

During the latter part of the 1800’s, the growing town of Catonsville gave wealthy Baltimoreans a safe haven from the sweltering heat of the city. Families uprooted themselves and their servants each summer to make the long journey to their cool and gracious country homes."

 

 

Additional Information

 

BCPL's collection contains materials on Catonsville. Other websites of interest include Castle Thunder, Greater Catonsville Chamber of CommerceFire and Faith: The Catonsville Nine File and Digital Maryland's Catonsville at the Turn of the 20th Century.

 

 


Revised: May 12, 2016