11 Most Beautifully Stunning Libraries in America

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George Peabody Library, Baltimore, MD

Also known as Baltimore’s Cathedral of Books, this neo-Greco-designed library, complete with a frosted skylight, has a 61ft high interior and houses over 300,000 books. Its location is on the Peabody campus at West Mount Vernon Place in the historic cultural neighborhood north of downtown Baltimore, across from the Washington Monument.

The books are open to view for the general public, keeping with the famous Baltimorean philanthropist George Peabody’s intent to create a library “for the free use of all persons who desire to consult it.” The primary collection reflects broad interests but is more focused on the 19th century, in keeping with Peabody’s wish for it to be well furnished in every department of knowledge.

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4 thoughts on “11 Most Beautifully Stunning Libraries in America”

  1. The Air Force Academy Library in Colorado is supposed to be quite impressive too. I’ve only seen the outside. Maybe it’s not considered a public library.

  2. When I was in high school, research was done at the library.
    Going downtown was a treat.
    I remember spending as much time exploring the library as I did on research each time I visited. It was breathtaking for someone from a small town with a one room, but very clean and efficient public library.