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Towson Branch and Administrative Offices of the Baltimore County Public Library


Towson Branch

320 York Road 
Towson, Maryland 21204-5179
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Telephone: 410-887-6166

Fax: 410-887-3170

Email the Towson Branch at ContactTO@bcpl.net

Email: BCPL Ask a Question Service


Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Year Round)


Towson History Room Collection:

Monday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Materials can be retrieved from the collection at any time the library is open.


Meeting Room:

Capacity: 100+, Tables: 20, Chairs: 138

Study Rooms Available

Meeting Room Reservations: 410-887-6109


Discover Space, a three-part, interactive learning exhibit presented by the Space Science Institute, is on display at the Towson Branch through October 29th.




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Upcoming Events at the Towson Branch


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About the Towson Branch and Community


Friends of the Towson Library

Download the Summer 2014 Newsletter [PDF]

Browse the Archived Newsletters


Friends of the Towson Library Newsletter


Learn more about Friends of the Towson Library




On Sale Now in the Towson Branch


Towson: Then and Now


The Towson Branch is a landmark building in the heart of Towson.  Its expansive, contemporary concrete architecture, designed by Tatar & Kelly Architects, adds to its prominence.  While the current building was constructed in 1974 and expanded in 1990, the Towson Library dates back to 1936.  Serving residents of the county seat and the surrounding area, the Towson Branch offers a full array of materials, programs and services for its diverse customer population as well as an ever changing wealth of electronic resources for children and adults.  Public computers provide Internet access in addition to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Wireless internet access is available throughout the building.  The branch also houses a rich collection of local historical maps and books for history buffs. Garage parking is available in the Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garage directly behind the library with entrances from Chesapeake Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard.


Search for historic photographs in the library's digital collection on these Towson communities and landmarks... (Open in new window)


Links to additional information about the Towson area

Features of the Towson Branch

BB's Cafe:  For the Love of the Bean


BB's Cafe

Telephone:  410-296-0023  | Email:  bbscafe@hotmail.com



On your next visit to the Towson Branch, treat yourself to a Haupia Macchiato and oatmeal raisin cookies for the kids!  Enjoy highly personable coffee beverages combining impeccable products, Italian and Seattle techniques with Asian and American influences.    


BB's Cafe offers:

  • Seating for approximately 20 guests.
  • Enjoy the branch's free wireless internet access.
  • Discounted garage parking (validated near the cafe)



The castle at the Towson Library

Kids' Kingdom


Customers approaching the children's area of the Towson Branch see first the "stone" walls and turrets of a castle. As they pass through the castle entrance the children's area opens up before them. Inside, the castle wall provides stairs upward for a view over the wall; below, a hideaway.  In addition, the branch hosts a play area for children under 3 years.  Learn more about the Kid's Kingdom at the Towson Branch.

Image of the Towson Dragon playable art feature

The Towson Dragon


The Towson Branch invites children of all ages to play. Our Towson Dragon, a outdoor playable art feature, provides opportunities for teaching early literacy skills in a whimsical environment.  Children can count the Dragon's features, solve a maze, walk a path from "home" to the Towson Branch, name the colors and creatures in the design, or just let their imaginations soar.  Finding the five artists' and painters' names hidden in the design is fun, too! 


The Towson Dragon was made possible through funding provided by the Friends of the Towson Library. Artist Sydney Hopkins, creator of the castle-themed children's area inside the branch, created the final design which was inspired by , and with permission from, author/illustrator Gail Gibbons.  Find out more [PDF] about our dragon art...



There is some limited street and metered parking surrounding the Towson Branch but the Baltimore County Revenue Authority Parking Garage at the Towson Branch is connected via a covered crosswalk and is always available during branch hours.  Parking rates are:

  • Up to 1/2 hour


  • Up to 1 hour


  • Up to 2 hours


  • Up to 3 hours


  • Up to 4 hours


  • Up to 5 hours


  • Up to 6 hours


  • 7 hours (maximum)



After 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, rates are $2.00 with validation. 


Microfilm Collection


Towson and Catonsville Branches have microfilm readers and microfilm of older and current newspapers and magazines.   


Friends of the Towson Library




To increase and improve the services and facilities of the Towson Library and to educate the public to a fuller appreciation of the function and facilities of the Towson Branch.

The Friends provide ongoing funding for interior landscaping, service and facility enhancements (Teen Central, cafe, castle), for outstanding programs, for the local history project providing preservation and access to historic materials, for incentives for participation in the all-ages Summer Reading Club and more.


An annual book sale is held in April at the Towson Library. Mark your calendars for next year's book sale!  The dates are April 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014.  Donations of nearly new or gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and videos are needed for next year’s book sale starting May 1st, 2014. Please bring to the Accounts desk on the main floor of the library…and ask the librarian for a tax receipt (if you plan to take a charitable tax deduction).


The annual meeting of the Friends, featuring a guest speaker, is held the first Tuesday in May at 7 p.m. in the Towson Library Meeting Room; the public is invited.  The Board meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Room at the Towson Library.


Contact Person: Mary-Lou Stenchly, President, towsonfriends@gmail.com

(Information confirmed: March, 2013)

















Last revised: September 24, 2014