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

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Oh no!  The staple remover is trying to get mini-Rousseau to flee the library!

A 1792 miniature edition Of The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right (Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique).

The Baltimore Book Festival starts today and runs through Sunday, September 28! Alas, due to renovation work on the Washington Monument, the Book Festival will be held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Johns Hopkins University Press and the George Peabody Library will be a hosting a variety of events, including the ever-popular JHUP book sale, in the Visitor Center.  Browse our schedule!

(Photos taken at last year’s Book Festival by our wonderful photography intern Eric Chen!)

This just in!!! Undergraduate Halloween Costume Ball at the Peabody Library!!!! More details soon, but definitely come dressed as your favorite author or literary character!

The Five Little Pigs, more commonly known as This Little Piggy illustrated in all its disturbing glory: gin-addled pigs, on death row, clogging their arteries with roast beef, full of pretensions with their “wee-wees,” and forcing the latest in haberdashery and banjo music on their unsuspecting audiences.

The Smart Set was an important literary journal featuring short works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce, amongst other 20th century literary luminaries.  And, the covers are pretty awesome, to boot! Sassy flappers whose hair embodies flaming youth, the well-heeled admiring abstract art, and the sullen masses sunk by the weight of life, literature, and wit!  We have issues of all The Smart Sets edited by H.L. Mencken, sage of Baltimore, at the Peabody Library!

Sometimes if you believe in magic, Houdini will reward you!  Seriously, we had no idea at all that this copy of Houdini’s Paper Magic (which unfortunately looks at though it has a tragic case of the bloats) contains his signature!  We now feel all fancy and magical by association!

(Leonard Leopold Mackall, for whom Houdini’s greeting was originally intended, graduated from Hopkins in 1900 and became a prominent bibliographer and book collector!)

Photographs by our undergraduate photography intern Eric Chen showcasing student life at the Sheridan Libraries!

Absolutely beautiful photographs of Hopkins libraries, including the John Work Garrett Library, the Brody Learning Commons, and the MSE Library all taken by one of our undergraduate photography interns, John Belanger!