The George Peabody Library is currently closed as part of the university’s COVID-19 response.

Current Library Updates

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.

Peabody 360: Explore the Peabody Library

Check out the high-resolution 360-degree virtual tour of the stunning interior.


Hours

  • July 12 - July 18
    7/12 Sun 7/13 Mon 7/14 Tue 7/15 Wed 7/16 Thu 7/17 Fri 7/18 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • July 19 - July 25
    7/19 Sun 7/20 Mon 7/21 Tue 7/22 Wed 7/23 Thu 7/24 Fri 7/25 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • July 26 - August 01
    7/26 Sun 7/27 Mon 7/28 Tue 7/29 Wed 7/30 Thu 7/31 Fri 8/01 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • August 02 - August 08
    8/02 Sun 8/03 Mon 8/04 Tue 8/05 Wed 8/06 Thu 8/07 Fri 8/08 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • August 09 - August 15
    8/09 Sun 8/10 Mon 8/11 Tue 8/12 Wed 8/13 Thu 8/14 Fri 8/15 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • August 16 - August 22
    8/16 Sun 8/17 Mon 8/18 Tue 8/19 Wed 8/20 Thu 8/21 Fri 8/22 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • August 23 - August 29
    8/23 Sun 8/24 Mon 8/25 Tue 8/26 Wed 8/27 Thu 8/28 Fri 8/29 Sat
    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
  • August 30 - September 05
    8/30 Sun 8/31 Mon 9/01 Tue 9/02 Wed 9/03 Thu 9/04 Fri 9/05 Sat
    Closed Closed TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
  • September 06 - September 12
    9/06 Sun 9/07 Mon 9/08 Tue 9/09 Wed 9/10 Thu 9/11 Fri 9/12 Sat
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
  • September 13 - September 19
    9/13 Sun 9/14 Mon 9/15 Tue 9/16 Wed 9/17 Thu 9/18 Fri 9/19 Sat
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
  • September 20 - September 26
    9/20 Sun 9/21 Mon 9/22 Tue 9/23 Wed 9/24 Thu 9/25 Fri 9/26 Sat
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
  • September 27 - October 03
    9/27 Sun 9/28 Mon 9/29 Tue 9/30 Wed 10/01 Thu 10/02 Fri 10/03 Sat
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

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

Book a special event at the George Peabody Library

Contact Us

Offices located at Evergreen Museum & Library
443-840-9585
privateeventsoffice@jhu.edu
peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu/