Loch Raven Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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ALERT: Bridge from Parking Lot to Library/Health Center Closed To Foot Traffic Starting Tuesday, October 11, 2016


On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the bridge connecting the Loch Raven Library/Health Center to the parking lot will be closed to all foot traffic. Structural repairs to the bridge deck and side walls are expected to take about 15 weeks. The pedestrian bridge will remain closed for the duration of the project.


A book drop will not be available. Returns accepted at any other branch. Meeting room access is from inside the library by stairs only.


Loch Raven Library and Health Center customers must access the building via the rear/east side entrance. Customers may park in the main parking lot, then must walk up the Taylor Avenue sidewalk and up the driveway to the rear or east side of the building.  This is the current accessible building entrance. There are only a few handicapped and staff parking spaces on this side.


For convenience and safety, customers with small children or children in strollers, and customers with mobility issues may wish to visit one of our surrounding library branches while the bridge is closed. Both the Towson and Parkville branches are nearby.



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Contact Information



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



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.




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...






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: December 8, 2016