The George Peabody Library is closed until further notice as part of the university’s COVID-19 response.

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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

  • November 28 - December 04
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  • December 05 - December 11
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  • December 12 - December 18
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  • December 19 - December 25
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  • December 26 - January 01
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  • January 02 - January 08
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  • January 09 - January 15
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  • January 16 - January 22
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  • January 23 - January 29
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  • January 30 - February 05
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  • February 06 - February 12
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Contact George Peabody Library

Contact Us

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

Private Events Office

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Offices located at Evergreen Museum & Library
443-840-9585
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