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 11 - August 17
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • August 18 - August 24
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • August 25 - August 31
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 01 - September 07
    9/01 Sun 9/02 Mon 9/03 Tue 9/04 Wed 9/05 Thu 9/06 Fri 9/07 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 08 - September 14
    9/08 Sun 9/09 Mon 9/10 Tue 9/11 Wed 9/12 Thu 9/13 Fri 9/14 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 15 - September 21
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 22 - September 28
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • September 29 - October 05
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 06 - October 12
    10/06 Sun 10/07 Mon 10/08 Tue 10/09 Wed 10/10 Thu 10/11 Fri 10/12 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 13 - October 19
    10/13 Sun 10/14 Mon 10/15 Tue 10/16 Wed 10/17 Thu 10/18 Fri 10/19 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 20 - October 26
    10/20 Sun 10/21 Mon 10/22 Tue 10/23 Wed 10/24 Thu 10/25 Fri 10/26 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • October 27 - November 02
    10/27 Sun 10/28 Mon 10/29 Tue 10/30 Wed 10/31 Thu 11/01 Fri 11/02 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.


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