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

  • May 20 - May 26
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • May 27 - June 02
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • June 03 - June 09
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • June 10 - June 16
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • June 17 - June 23
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • June 24 - June 30
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • July 01 - July 07
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • July 08 - July 14
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • July 15 - July 21
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • July 22 - July 28
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • July 29 - August 04
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    Closed Closed 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 1pm
  • August 05 - August 11
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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.