Towson Branch and Administrative Offices of the Baltimore County Public Library

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Wheelchair accessible symbol.320 York Road 
Towson, Maryland 21204-5179



  • 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:


 BB's Cafe


BB's Cafe offers cafe seating, free wireless internet access and discounted garage parking. Enjoy highly personable coffee beverages combining impeccable products, Italian and Seattle techniques with Asian and American influences as well as baked goodies for the kids.  Check out our flyer [PDF].



Kids' Kingdom


The castle at the Towson LibraryThe children's area of the Towson Branch is nestled inside the "stone" walls and a turret provides a hideaway and stairs for a view over the wall. In addition, the branch hosts a play area for children under 3 years.


Dragon Maze


The Towson Dragon Maze [PDF] is a outdoor ground mural which provides a number of opportunities for teaching early literacy skills in a whimsical environment. The maze was made possible through funding provided by the Friends of the Towson Library and was created by artist Sydney Hopkins who also created the castle-themed children's area and was inspired by  and given permission from author and illustrator Gail Gibbons.




There is limited street and metered parking surrounding the Towson Branch but a connected and covered pay garage is always available. Rates for daytime hours on Monday through Friday are below...

Baltimore County Revenue Authority Garage Rates

Up to 1/2 hour

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Up to 4 hours

Up to 5 hours

Up to 6 hours

7 hours (max)






Rates are $2.00 (with validation from the library) after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all-day on weekends.



Towson: Then and Now



To increase and improve the services and facilities of the Towson Library and to educate the public to a fuller appreciation of the function and facilities of the Towson Branch.


The Friends provide ongoing funding for interior landscaping, service and facility enhancements (Teen Central, cafe, the Kids' Kingdom Castle,) for outstanding programs, for incentives for participation in the all-ages Summer Reading Club and more.


The Annual Towson Friends Book Sale is held in April at the Towson Library. Donations of nearly new or gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and videos are needed for next year’s book sale. Please bring to the Accounts desk on the main floor of the library…and ask the librarian for a tax receipt (if you plan to take a charitable tax deduction).


The annual meeting of the Friends, featuring a guest speaker, is held the first Tuesday in May at 7 p.m. in the Towson Library Meeting Room; the public is invited. The Board meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Room at the Towson Library.






The newsletters for the Friends of the Towson Library can be downloaded in PDF format below...




Local History Room


The Towson Room is located on the balcony of the Towson Branch and houses collections of cataloged files of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, local history documents, maps and photographs pertaining to Towson, Baltimore County as well as some Maryland history. Access to the Towson Room and its collection is available by checking in at the Information Desk during regular library business hours.


About This Branch


The first Towson Library began lending books on May 1, 1936 and was located in the Odd Fellow's Hall. There were several other locations for the Towson Branch over the years, including 420 York Road, 25 West Pennsylvania Avenue and 28 West Susquehanna Avenue


The current Towson Branch was constructed in 1974 and expanded in 1990, and is a landmark building in the heart of Towson.  The contemporary concrete structure was designed by Tatar & Kelly Architects. In 1985, the Towson Branch was given the Best Library award by the City Paper. In 1986, it was recognized by the County Executive for its outstanding contributions to its community.


About This Community


Towson was settled in 1752 when brothers William and Thomas Towson began farming an area of Sater's Hill, northeast of the present-day York and Joppa Roads. William's son, Ezekiel, opened the Towson Hotel at current-day Shealy Avenue and York Road, near the area's main crossroads. The village became known as "Towsontown".


In 1790, businessman Capt. Charles Ridgely completed the magnificent Hampton Mansion just north of Towsontown, the largest private house in America at the time. The Ridgelys lived there for six generations, until 1948. It is now preserved as the Hampton National Historic Site and is open to the public.


Towson became the county seat for Baltimore County on February 13, 1854 when the second Maryland Constitution of 1851 split "Baltimore Town" into the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County.


Additional Information


BCPL's collection contains materials on Towson. The website for the Towson Chamber of Commerce may also be of interest.



Revised: November 30, 2015