Welcome to George Peabody Library's Wunderkammer!

From dandies in danger to the lusty dramas of educated fleas, the George Peabody Library proves that the past was indeed STRANGE! Visit us in Baltimore (don't worry, in addition to the strange things depicted here, we also have plenty of old and rare and classy books, too).

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am -5pm; Friday 9-3

Address: 17 East Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-234-4943

Libguide: http://bit.ly/g1UsTk

Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

jhuediblebookfestival:

Our winner of the popular choice vote, Leslie Wiggins’ take on Silence of the Lambs!  We particularly love how the before and after shots both look like very tasty crime scenes.

Thanks for haunting our dreams, JHU Edible Book Festival!

Getting ready for Dirty Books and Longing Looks on February 12!  Feast  your eyes on scintillating rare books! Make your own vintage Valentine! MOAR LIBRARY PUNS!!!!

Special Collections Reading Room, M-Level of the Brody Learning Commons, Feb 12 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Don’t forget — the Peabody Library is currently closed! We’ll reopen Tuesday, January 7 with even more incredible flashy arm movements!

Don’t forget — the Peabody Library is currently closed! We’ll reopen Tuesday, January 7 with even more incredible flashy arm movements!

Architectural drawing of yore featuring the Peabody Library’s beautiful and dramatic skylight, a skylight which could very well be a time portal.  Seriously, if you are ever studying in the Peabody during a thunderstorm, you really do think you are going to see a pterodactyl flapping its wings against the glass!

Architectural drawing of yore featuring the Peabody Library’s beautiful and dramatic skylight, a skylight which could very well be a time portal.  Seriously, if you are ever studying in the Peabody during a thunderstorm, you really do think you are going to see a pterodactyl flapping its wings against the glass!

The turkey of Caesar’s land wants you to know that the George Peabody Library will be closed November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving!
(Image from a small collection of anti-German lubki produced in Russia during the Great War.)

The turkey of Caesar’s land wants you to know that the George Peabody Library will be closed November 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving!

(Image from a small collection of anti-German lubki produced in Russia during the Great War.)

Trust dogs for all your blood purifying and cracker-eating needs!  I know I do!
From an album of lovely and absurd Baltimore trading cards, ca 1880.

Trust dogs for all your blood purifying and cracker-eating needs!  I know I do!

From an album of lovely and absurd Baltimore trading cards, ca 1880.

Two striking views of the Peabody Library taken by our illustrious undergrad photographer Eric Chen!

Beautiful photographs of the Brody Learning Commons taken by our photography intern Eric Chen!  He totally rocks!

Intestines and nudity!!!

You are looking at the amazingly beautiful and only slightly gross Compendiosa totius anatomie delineatio, aere exarata (London, 1559) which is currently on display as part of our Dawn of Neurosurgery exhibit. These illustrations are part of a lovely folding woodcut plate showcasing the anatomy of the typical buff,exceptionally glossy-haired 16th century European populace. 

On Sunday, the George Peabody Library hosted an opening reception for a fabulous new exhibition in our gallery, The Dawn of Neurosurgery: Rare Books from the Collection of Eugene S. Flamm. The exhibition contains many amazingly illustrated Renaissance-era books documenting the development of brain surgery in Europe!

The Dawn of Neurosurgery runs through Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202. The George Peabody Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 – 5, Saturdays 9 – 1, and Sundays 12 – 5. Admission is free.