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 04 - December 10
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    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 1pm Closed Closed
  • December 11 - December 17
    12/11 Sun 12/12 Mon 12/13 Tue 12/14 Wed 12/15 Thu 12/16 Fri 12/17 Sat
    Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm Closed 10am - 2pm Closed Closed
  • December 18 - December 24
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    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • December 25 - December 31
    12/25 Sun 12/26 Mon 12/27 Tue 12/28 Wed 12/29 Thu 12/30 Fri 12/31 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • January 01 - January 07
    1/01 Sun 1/02 Mon 1/03 Tue 1/04 Wed 1/05 Thu 1/06 Fri 1/07 Sat
    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • January 08 - January 14
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    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • January 15 - January 21
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • January 22 - January 28
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    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • January 29 - February 04
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    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • February 05 - February 11
    2/05 Sun 2/06 Mon 2/07 Tue 2/08 Wed 2/09 Thu 2/10 Fri 2/11 Sat
    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • February 12 - February 18
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    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed
  • February 19 - February 25
    2/19 Sun 2/20 Mon 2/21 Tue 2/22 Wed 2/23 Thu 2/24 Fri 2/25 Sat
    11am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 7pm Closed Closed

George Peabody Library General Rules

In support of its mission to provide access to materials and services in an environment that is conducive to study and research, George Peabody Library requires all visitors to comply with the following general rules:

  • Photography and filming are permitted for personal use only:
    • Hand-held cameras
    • No flash, lights, and tripods
    • Disruptive photography or filming is not allowed
    • All participants (including library users and staff) must give consent
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  • Photography and filming for all other uses, including editorial, media, or commercial purposes, requires advance, written permission and may be subject to a fee. Please contact the Office of Private Events at privateeventsoffice@jhu.edu for more information.
  • Visitor access is limited to the ground floor.
  • Visitors who engage in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the scholarly environment may be asked to leave.

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
privateeventsoffice@jhu.edu
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