In a US city where murder rates reach record highs and police violence has triggered mass unrest, one public library has become a safe haven. The Pennsylvania Avenue branch of Baltimore City's Enoch Pratt Free Library kept community members safe in April as crowds torched a nearby pharmacy, outraged by the death of Freddie Gray, a young, black Baltimore resident who died in police custody. Under the direction of branch manager Melanie Townsend Diggs, the library is a sanctuary of service and learning. The Stream traveled to Baltimore to bring you this virtual reality tour. To walk through the library and the streets around it, play with the video. 

How to play:

If you’re on a computer, immerse yourself in the library by clicking and dragging on the video. On your Android device or iPhone YouTube iOS app, tilt and turn for the full experience.