Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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


  • Telephone: 410-887-0951 


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

Friends of the Catonsville Library


The Friends provide funding for programs and facility enhancements. They support the Catonsville History Room and provide funding for the storage and preservation of History Room collections.




Catonsville Library Friends website:


Catonsville Library Friends email:




Local History Room


The Catonsville History Room houses special collections of local historical interest. The collection contains reference books, maps, yearbooks, and historic photograph collections. The History Room is staffed by volunteers, and is open to the public Thursday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on the first Wednesday night of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call ahead to confirm.



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: March 12, 2018