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George Peabody Library

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17 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone +16672086715


Sunday - Wednesday:

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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George Peabody Library

The George Peabody Library is connected to the Johns Hopkins University. It is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. If you have a passion for architecture or literature, this is a must-visit site for your trip to Baltimore. 


The George Peabody Library was founded as the Peabody Institute in 1857. George Peabody dedicated the library to the Baltimore citizens. It opened its doors to the public in 1878. 

George Peabody Library - History


There is more to see at the library than the books. Walking into the library, your breath is taken away by the five stories of bookshelves. In the center of the building is an open atrium where you can see the glass skylight mounted 61 feet above. Each floor features a balcony space that lines the atrium. They feature ornamental cast-iron framing fabricated by the Bartlett-Robbins Company. 

Book Collection 

The library’s collection of books consists of over 300,000 volumes. Many are from the 19th century. You will find topics on British art, religion, science, travel, exploration, and architecture. The library also has a collection of rare books, manuscripts, and university archives. 


The library is a popular venue for formal events and weddings. Your event will take place in the center of the library with the sky-high atrium above, surrounded by books. You will need to contact the library staff for availability and pricing. 

How to Visit 

The library is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays. The library is closed on Friday and Saturday. It is a closed stacks library, so visitors are not permitted upstairs. This is to protect the collection and the safety of the visitors. You are welcome to enjoy the books while at the library but are not permitted to remove them. 

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