The George Peabody Library, known as Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books,” is consistently ranked amongst the most beautiful libraries in the world. Designed by architect Edmund G. Lind, the library opened its doors in 1878 and was “to be well furnished in every department of knowledge and of the most approved books of the day.” Lind’s architectural specifications called for a massive skylight soaring over six tiers of cast-iron balconies to house a collection containing over 300,000 volumes dating from the Renaissance through the 19th Century. Today, the library is part of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. By renting the George Peabody Library, you are helping preserve and protect this historic space and the priceless treasures it houses.

While the Library does not currently offer guided tours, it is open to the public during the following hours.

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed (by appointment only)
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday 10:00am-3:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

Click here for information on current exhibitions at the Library. For more information, please contact the curator, Paul Espinosa, at or (667) 208-6715.