Year of 2017

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland

Often called a ‘cathedral of books,’ this library of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is a fitting destination for International Literacy Day. Visitors will find some 300,000 volumes, most from the 19th century when the library was established as part of the Peabody Institute, the oldest music conservatory in the United States. Founder George Peabody intended for the collection to be free to the public, and administrators still honor his wish.

The George Peabody Library, formerly known as the Library of the Peabody Institute, is the 19th-century focused research library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is located on the Peabody campus at West Mount Vernon Place in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere historic cultural neighborhood north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, across from the landmark Washington Monument. The collections are available for use by the general public, in keeping with the famous Baltimorean merchant/banker/financier/philanthropist George Peabody’s goal to create a library “for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it.”
Address: 17 E Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
Date completed: 1869