The George Peabody Library is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful library spaces in the world, but is also an essential space for teaching and research.

Formerly the Library of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, the library’s collection dates from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857. In that year, George Peabody, a Massachusetts-born philanthropist, dedicated the Peabody Institute to the citizens of Baltimore in appreciation of their “kindness and hospitality.”

The library building opened in 1878 and was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, in collaboration with the Peabody Institute’s first provost, Dr. Nathaniel H. Morison. The stack room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.

The library contains 300,000 volumes, mainly from the 19th century, with strengths in religion, British art, architecture, topography and history; American history, biography, and literature; Romance languages and literature; history of science; and geography, exploration, and travel.

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Hours

  • August 19 - August 25
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • August 26 - September 01
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    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed 10am - 1pm
  • September 02 - September 08
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 09 - September 15
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 16 - September 22
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 23 - September 29
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 30 - October 06
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 07 - October 13
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 14 - October 20
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 21 - October 27
    10/21 Sun 10/22 Mon 10/23 Tue 10/24 Wed 10/25 Thu 10/26 Fri 10/27 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 28 - November 03
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • November 04 - November 10
    11/04 Sun 11/05 Mon 11/06 Tue 11/07 Wed 11/08 Thu 11/09 Fri 11/10 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm

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Have a question about the Peabody Library?
Call 667-208-6715 or contact Paul Espinosa, Curator of the Peabody Library.