Reading Room

Consistently ranked one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the George Peabody Library provides a truly breathtaking setting for weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Six tiers of stately cast-iron columns and ornate railings embellished with gold leaf encircle the Reading Room, creating an ambiance that is both enchanting and scholarly.

Filled with over 300,000 volumes of books, the Library creates a stunning backdrop for ceremonies and receptions, and provides a timeless and storied setting for your personal memories.

Weddings can be booked Friday – Sunday. Friday and Saturday events may start at or after 5pm. Events must end by midnight on all days.

Reading Room decorated for wedding reception
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Peabody Library
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Peabody Library Reading Room
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reading room decorated for wedding reception
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Reading Room decorated for wedding reception
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reading room set and decorated for a wedding reception
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Exhibit Gallery

The adjoining Exhibit Gallery offers a distinctive environment for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The space also features rotating exhibitions throughout the year created by Johns Hopkins University curators. The Exhibit Gallery serves as a gathering space for guests before the ceremony and during the cocktail hour. It remains open throughout the evening for those who want a quiet moment with friends and family or a break from dancing in the Reading Room

Empty Exhibit Gallery
exhibit gallery filled with guests
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bridal party waiting in exhibit gallery before the ceremony starts
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Cocktail arrangement in Exhibit Gallery
Kate Anne Photography
We had our wedding at the Peabody in July 2016 and the library was transformed into the most magical place. From the ceremony where light streamed into the main library through the skylight, to the intimate cocktail hour in the Exhibition Room (where our guests were excited to view the exhibit), to the unbelievable reception… The staff at Peabody were incredibly prepared, responsive, and easy to work with. All of our needs were met above and beyond our expectations.
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