About This Branch
From 1943 to 1952, the Parkville community hosted an independent library at 8904 Harford Road and subsequently in the basement of St Ursula's Church. When that library closed, BCPL began providing library service to the community via bookmobile.
On July 6, 1961 the Parkville Branch opened in rented quarters at 9221 Harford Road. In January of 1971, the Parkville-Carney Branch opened in its current building at 9509 Harford Road. The branch was renamed the "Parkville-Carney Branch" at this time after an appeal by residents of Carney to show that both communities were served by the facility.
About This Community
In 1874 a prominent Baltimore surveyor, Simon Jonas Martenet, purchased "35 acres and two rods of land, more or less" at a trustee's sale. He then advertised residential sites as "one of the healthiest and pleasantest locations near Baltimore".
The land was named Parkville for a plot of land which Martenet donated to the people with the stipulation that it always remain a park. The park area is located in the center of present day Taylor Avenue between Oak and Chestnut Avenues.
BCPL's Collection includes materials on Parkville. Additional information about the Parkville community can be found in the Parkville Carney Business Association's Brief History of the Parkville/Carney Area.