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 09 - December 15
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 1pm - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • December 16 - December 22
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm Closed Closed
  • December 23 - December 29
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  • December 30 - January 05
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  • January 06 - January 12
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • January 13 - January 19
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  • January 20 - January 26
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  • January 27 - February 02
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 03 - February 09
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 10 - February 16
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • February 17 - February 23
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  • February 24 - March 02
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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.