The mission of the Library is to provide equal access to information, services, and opportunities that empower, enrich and enhance the quality of life for all. One of the nation’s first free library systems, the Pratt was founded in 1886 by Enoch Pratt who envisioned a place where all “races, ages, and socioeconomic classes mingled and people could educate themselves without cost.” Today the Library provides innovative, responsive programming that creates opportunities for the city’s citizens.
Because public dollars do not stretch beyond basic operating expenses, private support is critical to fund signature programs that have come to define the Pratt. From emergent literacy to workforce development, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Canton, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is a place where residents of the City are Free to Bmore.
This affinity group bridges our Pratt Contemporaries and Pratt Society membership circles and offers unique, stimulating, and engaging programs and special events that suit a busy lifestyle.