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


Telephone: 410-887-6166


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  • Sun: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Mon: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tue: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wed: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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About This Branch

The Towson Branch is a landmark building in the heart of Towson.  Its expansive, contemporary concrete architecture, designed by Tatar & Kelly Architects, adds to its prominence.  While the current building was constructed in 1974 and expanded in 1990, the Towson Library dates back to 1936.  Serving residents of the county seat and the surrounding area, the Towson Branch offers a full array of materials, programs and services for its diverse customer population as well as an ever changing wealth of electronic resources for children and adults.  Public computers provide Internet access in addition to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Wireless internet access is available throughout the building.  The branch also houses a rich collection of local historical maps and books for history buffs. Garage parking is available in the Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garage directly behind the library with entrances from Chesapeake Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard.


In addition to large book and AV collections for adults, teens, and kids, this branch offers the following:

 Towson Friends Book Sale


21st Annual Friends of the Towson Library Book Donation Drive


Donate your nearly new adult and children's books, DVDs and CDs for the April, 2015 Friends of the Towson Library Book Sale. Receipt available upon request. Donations accepted through March 31, 2015; Donations will resume on June 1, 2015.


The book sale runs April 9 through April 12.

First choice night is Thursday, when members of the Friends of the Towson Library are admitted for free, nonmembers pay $10.  Prices of books are reduced each day. Admission is free April 10-12.

April 9, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

April 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 11, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


BB's Cafe:  For the Love of the BeanBB's Cafe

Telephone:  410-296-0023  | Email:



On your next visit to the Towson Branch, treat yourself to a Haupia Macchiato and oatmeal raisin cookies for the kids!  Enjoy highly personable coffee beverages combining impeccable products, Italian and Seattle techniques with Asian and American influences.    


BB's Cafe offers:

  • Seating for approximately 20 guests.

  • Enjoy the branch's free wireless internet access.

  • Discounted garage parking (validated near the cafe)


The castle at the Towson Library

Kids' Kingdom


Customers approaching the children's area of the Towson Branch see first the "stone" walls and turrets of a castle. As they pass through the castle entrance the children's area opens up before them. Inside, the castle wall provides stairs upward for a view over the wall; below, a hideaway.  In addition, the branch hosts a play area for children under 3 years.  Learn more about the Kid's Kingdom at the Towson Branch.


The Towson Dragon


TImage of the Towson Dragon playable art featurehe Towson Branch invites children of all ages to play. Our Towson Dragon, a outdoor playable art feature, provides opportunities for teaching early literacy skills in a whimsical environment.  Children can count the Dragon's features, solve a maze, walk a path from "home" to the Towson Branch, name the colors and creatures in the design, or just let their imaginations soar.  Finding the five artists' and painters' names hidden in the design is fun, too!


The Towson Dragon was made possible through funding provided by the Friends of the Towson Library. Artist Sydney Hopkins, creator of the castle-themed children's area inside the branch, created the final design which was inspired by , and with permission from, author/illustrator Gail Gibbons.  Find out more [PDF] about our dragon art...




There is some limited street and metered parking surrounding the Towson Branch but the Baltimore County Revenue Authority Parking Garage at the Towson Branch is connected via a covered crosswalk and is always available during branch hours.  Parking rates are:


Up to 1/2 hour

Up to 1 hour

Up to 2 hours

Up to 3 hours

Up to 4 hours

Up to 5 hours

Up to 6 hours

7 hours (maximum)










After 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, rates are $2.00 with validation.


Local History

The Towson Branch has a collection of materials covering Towson local history. Materials are available to the public during regular library business hours. Assistance is available at the Information Desk.


You can also search for historic photographs in the library's digital collection on these Towson communities and landmarks...


Links to additional information about the Towson area include:


Friends of the Towson Library

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, castle), for outstanding programs, for incentives for participation in the all-ages Summer Reading Club and more.


An annual 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.


Contact Person: Nancy Grund, President,



















Revised: November 2, 2015