George Peabody Library Baltimore

george peabody library
Photograph by Matthew Petroff

The George Peabody Library is the 19th century research library of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Peabody was a philanthropist whose goal was to create a library “which is to be maintained for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it” and the collections are available for use by the general public.

Completed in 1878, it was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind in collaboration with the first Peabody provost, Nathaniel H. Morison. The neo-Greco interior features an atrium that, over a black and white marble floor, soars 61 feet to a latticed skylight surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies and gold-scalloped columns.

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