Library Tours

Showcasing Local Institutions

Library tours are offered during the AALL Annual Meeting to showcase a variety of local libraries. Each tour has a tour guide from the Local Arrangements Committee. Most venues are walkable or easily accessible by public transportation or taxi/ridesharing services.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all tours by June 18 and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to limited availability, please sign up for only one tour. Tours are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient registration.

Attendees are responsible for any transportation fees; coach bus transportation fees are nonrefundable.

  • University of Baltimore Law Library

    Saturday, July 14
    12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

    The University of Baltimore Law School Library is located in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, the first LEED Platinum-certified law school in the country. The library is 32,000 square feet and is located on the seventh through the twelfth floors. Completed in 2013, the Angelos Law Center has been featured in several architectural and design publications. The building is 12 stories high and is comprised of three interlocking L-shaped volumes with an open interior design, a green roof, and a high performance glass exterior. Garden terraces at varying levels of the building provide spectacular views over the city of Baltimore. The building has 15 smart classrooms, 30 group study rooms, and an outdoor patio with a waterfall.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet registrants in the Baltimore Hilton lobby at 12:00 p.m. to begin boarding the bus. The bus will depart at 12:15 p.m. The bus will depart from the library at 1:15 p.m. to return to the Baltimore Hilton at 1:30 p.m.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 30
    FEE: $15.00

  • Thurgood Marshall Law Library - FULL

    Sunday, July 15
    Noon–1:30 p.m.

    Come visit the Thurgood Marshall Law Library and the Westminster Hall, including Burying Ground and Catacombs. The Thurgood Marshall Law Library is located in the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. The library is four stories and features a two-story reading room, paneled in cherry wood, which provides a quiet place for studying in a grand atmosphere. The library is also home to a permanent exhibit honoring Justice Thurgood Marshall’s early career in Maryland. Westminster Hall is a beautiful church located adjacent to the law school that has been owned and maintained by the Carey School of Law’s Westminster Preservation Trust since the congregation disbanded in 1977. The church, completed in 1852, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a part of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. The Burying Ground and Catacombs hold the tombs of Edgar Allan Poe and other famous individuals.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet registrants in the Hilton Baltimore lobby at 11:40 a.m. and depart at 11:50 a.m. to walk to the library. The library is approximately half a mile from the Hilton Baltimore, an eight-minute walk. Registrants are encouraged to bring water for the walk if the weather is hot.

    THIS TOUR HAS REACHED CAPACITY.

    Other Information

    Registrants should bring a government-issued ID for entry into the law school building.

  • Baltimore Bar Library

    Monday, July 16
    2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

    Located on the sixth floor of the Clarence Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse, the historic Baltimore Bar Library was established in 1840 and is one of the oldest dues-supported law libraries in the country. The library features beautiful indoor spaces such as its Main Reading Room with its barrel vault ceiling and luxurious oak paneling, and houses an extensive collection of historic treatises and portraits. The library also has numerous special collections, including one of famous trials and another pertaining to “All Things Baltimore.”

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet registrants in the Hilton Baltimore lobby at 1:50 p.m., departing at 2:00 p.m. to walk to the library. The library is about one mile from the Hilton Baltimore, a 20-minute walk. Other public transportation options are available to registrants, including the free Charm City Circulator bus and taxi/ridesharing services; registrants may opt to use at their own expense. Registrants are encouraged to bring water for the walk if the weather is hot.

    Maximum number of participants: 19
    Fee: none

    Other Information

    The library is located in the Courthouse so those taking the tour will be required to go through security. Cell phones are allowed, but food, beverages, and any item that could conceivably be utilized as a weapon are not. The accessible entrance is on Fayette Street; all others should enter through Calvert Street.

  • George Peabody Library

    Monday, July 16
    4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

    The George Peabody Library, often referred to as “the cathedral of books,” is part of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Completed in 1878, the library is known for its stately grandeur as it incorporates beautiful and ornate architectural elements such as cast-iron balconies that rise five stories to a latticed skylight. Today the library not only serves as a research library, with a collection of over 300,000 volumes, but also as one of the finest event venues in Baltimore.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet registrants in the Hilton Baltimore lobby at 3:30 p.m. to begin boarding the bus. The bus will depart at 3:45 p.m. The bus will depart from the library at 5:15 p.m. to return to the Baltimore Hilton at 5:30 p.m.

    MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 24
    FEE: $17.50

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library - FULL

    Tuesday, July 17
    1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

    The Enoch Pratt Free Library has been a part of the educational, social, and cultural life of Baltimore for over 130 years. The Central Library is currently undergoing extensive renovations, but the tour will highlight the library’s Maryland Department and African American Department. The Maryland Department contains books, photographs, maps, and ephemera pertaining to Maryland with an emphasis on Baltimore. The African American Department includes a variety of materials related to individual African Americans, as well as the African American experience in general.

    A member of the Local Arrangements Committee will meet registrants in the Hilton Baltimore lobby at 1:00 p.m. and depart at 1:10 p.m. to walk to the library. The library is approximately one mile from the Hilton Baltimore, a 20-minute walk. Other public transportation options are available to registrants, including the free Charm City Circulator bus and taxi/ridesharing services; registrants may opt to use at their own expense. Registrants are encouraged to bring water for the walk if the weather is hot.

    THIS TOUR HAS REACHED CAPACITY.