Loch Raven Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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Wheelchair accessible symbol.1046 Taylor Avenue 

Towson, Maryland 21286-8312

 

 

  • 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

 

The Friends of the Loch Raven Library seeks to serve the Loch Raven Branch, the surrounding community, and BCPL through advocacy, promotion, and enhancement of branch services, facilities, and available resources.

 

Events

 

The Friends of the Loch Raven Library Guest Speaker Series brings a variety of entertaining and informative guests to the library, and these sessions are free to the public. Check out these upcoming Loch Raven Friends events...

 

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History

To get to it, patrons cross a 100-foot pedestrian bridge from public parking on one side of a stream to the library on the other. Visitors then walk under part of the library to reach its entrance in a center courtyard.

The year after it opened, the building was awarded the Maryland Best Design Achievement Award by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore and the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

No other branch in the county library system has won such an award

- See more at: http://archives.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/5315/turning-page/#sthas...

To get to it, patrons cross a 100-foot pedestrian bridge from public parking on one side of a stream to the library on the other. Visitors then walk under part of the library to reach its entrance in a center courtyard.

The year after it opened, the building was awarded the Maryland Best Design Achievement Award by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore and the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

No other branch in the county library system has won such an award

- See more at: http://archives.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/5315/turning-page/#sthas...

 

About This Branch

 

The Loch Raven branch opened on May 13, 1968 and is accessed via a 100-foot bridge across a stream. The Loch Raven library is the only BCPL branch to have won a design award: Architect Robert Randall Fryer Sr. won the AIA "Superior Design Award" for his design.

 

The branch was closed beginning in 1993 for several years due to budget cuts but was reopened in June 1998 as a mini-library and, in 2013, was restored to full service in its original building.

 

 

About This Community

 

The community and the local reservoir both share the name "Loch Raven" and there are two possible origins for it. The book Place Names of Maryland: Their Origin and Meaning attributes the “Raven” portion of the name to a local landowner, Luke Raven, who settled in this part of Maryland in the 17th century. However, the full name “Loch Raven,” ("loch" being Gaelic for “lake”) was given to the nearby reservoir by William Gilmor who was a member of a prominent local family of Scottish descent.

 

 

Additional Information

 

BCPL's collection includes materials on Loch Raven.

 

 


Revised: November 30, 2015