the george peabody library


Ever wondered what it looks like up in the stacks of the George Peabody Library? Wonder no more, fabulous bibliophile friends!! Check out these lovely snaps from behind the scenes at Peabody and get a glimpse of what it’s like to wander the stacks of Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books.” 

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Photographs taken by our lovely employee, Jesse Chen


Greatest Libraries in the World - Part 1: The Old 

Trinity College Library, Dublin

The Theological Hall, Strahov Abbey, Prague

The George Peabody Library, Baltimore

The Codrington Library, Oxford

Clementinium Library, Prague

The Public Library of Cincinnati

Mafra Palace Library, Portugal

New York Public Library

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris

St. Florian Monastery Library, Austria


A copy of the George Peabody’s letter and donation of 150,000 pounds to start the Peabody Trust in London in 1862. The letter outlines George Peabody’s previous donations and his intention to make a Trust for the Poor of London.     Also included is a reply from Trustees of the newly founded Peabody Trust. The letters are ceremonial calligraphed. 

The Trustees include:

Charles Francis Adams
Right Honorable Lord Stanley, M.P.
Sir James Emerson Tennent
C.M. Langson, Esq.
J.P. Morgan, Esq.


Happy Spring!  Enjoy this brief tour of garden and flower books from the Peabody Library. This collection of illustrations was on display at the 2011 Flower Mart! All the beauty of the natural world with none of the allergies! Included in this set are illustrations by Robert John Thornton, Mademoiselle Marie Sybille de Merial, and two 18th century block prints of the Imperial Chinese garden at ge ho Euhl in Tartary.

Look for more information on this year’s Flower Mart coming soon!

Are you excited for Halloween? We are positively afloat with anticipation–like this witch! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our second annual Halloween Festival at Peabody! 

Ingoldsby Legends - fore-edge detail

Detail of fore-edge painting of a witch and her cauldron of evil!

The Ingoldsby legends: or, Mirth and marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby, esquire [pseud.] ; with illustrations by George Cruikshank, John Leech, and John Tenniel.  London : R. Bentley, 1866.

Location: The George Peabody Library, The Sheridan Libraries, The Johns Hopkins University
Call No.:  827.8 IN 46 1866