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

  • December 01 - December 07
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • December 08 - December 14
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • December 15 - December 21
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • December 22 - December 28
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  • December 29 - January 04
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    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed 10am - 1pm
  • January 05 - January 11
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • January 26 - February 01
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 02 - February 08
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 09 - February 15
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 16 - February 22
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    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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