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COVID-19 Precautions

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the library is currently closed to the public.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center library

The Grace Rea Garrett Children's Library and Mr. & Mrs. G. Lloyd Bunting Sr. Family Resource Center at Johns Hopkins Children's Center offer a rich assortment of books for children of all ages and a collection of print and online resources for parents, including information on child development and pediatric diseases and illness. The combined resource library is on the third floor of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and is open weekdays from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A professional librarian is available to answer questions, make suggestions for reading material and help with searches for information. Throughout the week, the librarian and volunteers visit pediatric units with a book-cart of picture, early reader and chapter books for children and parents to borrow. Browse the listing of all our books through the online catalog.

Holiday Gift Recommendations

Need help finding books for your beginning reader, a sister’s teen or the newborn of a good friend? Take a look at these titles compiled by our librarian.

What to Expect

Bright and spacious, the library offers a glorious view of Baltimore, cushioned seats under picture windows, comfortable chairs, bookshelves for infant to teen readers, a rocking chair and a small table with chairs for children. Recognizing that it is not easy to be away from home, work and school, there is a quiet space with a computer and printer/FAX machine.

Our Philosophy

We believe a library in the hospital should provide parents with a refuge for reflection, and be a welcoming destination for the entire family, patients and siblings alike.

Our Policies

Books can remain with patients throughout their stay in the hospital. All materials on loan from the library must, of course, be returned before discharge. There is a book drop right by the library.


While we welcome new book donations, there may be times when the library cannot accept any more. The librarian is always happy to talk to a prospective donor. Please note that infection protocol requires that we can accept only new books.

For more information and for our latest wish list, please contact Librarian Phoebe E. Bacon at 410-955-6442 or

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