George Peabody Library Est. 1980

17 E. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Shhh. Shhhh. Shh. We are about to reveal our best kept library secret! Apologies in advance to all the Librarians who will no longer be able to contain the volume of excitement that is about to occur.
Floor to ceiling ornamental cast iron balconies, ornate details, and a beautifully polished floor. Bet that's not how you describe your local library! The George Peabody Library is the epitome of regal, brimming with books and class. Get your guests on the dance floor under the 60ft ceilings and never look at a library the same way.
The Lowdown
Type
Historic Building
Library
Museum
Views
Historical Monument
Style
Classic
Elegant
Ornate
Urban
Vintage
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony

Venue Setting

The George Peabody Library, housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music, is part of the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to its traditional use as a research library, the George Peabody Library has now become the premiere wedding and event venue in Baltimore. The magnificent library is the perfect setting for your most significant celebrations. Start your evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the sophisticated Exhibition Gallery surrounded by pieces from the Johns Hopkins Libraries’ diverse and rare collections.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $140 to $200

Additional Charges

There is no parking on site, we highly recommend full valet or shuttle service. We also required that you purchase liability insurance for the event.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
170
Buffet
170
Standing
300
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1980
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors Only
The Venue is Closed During
The week of Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
The magnificent library is the perfect setting for your most significant celebrations. Start your evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the sophisticated Exhibition Gallery surrounded by pieces from the Johns Hopkins Libraries’ diverse and rare collections. After your cocktails, the main doors swing open to reveal Peabody’s decadent vision – “An extensive library, well-furnished in every department of knowledge.” Today the collection contains over 300,000 volumes and is remarkable for its historic breadth and depth.
Design:
Your guests will be surrounded by six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. Warmly lit, the space is so perfectly proportioned that, although the room is monumental, the feeling is intimate.
Extra Perks:
We include folding dark wood chairs with black seat cushions and dinner, cocktail, bar, DJ, sweetheart and cake tables. Also included in your rental is a dedicated security guard, event manager and three staff members. For an additional charge the Library Curator will take a small group of your guests on a private tour of the stacks and rare book room.
Awards & Notables We are extremely honored to have been awarded one of the "2015 Best Venues in America" by Brides Magazine. Last year we were featured in the Knot Magazine Fall 2014's "10-Crazy Different Wedding Venues" as well as in the local VA/MD/DC Knot Magazine. The Library has been and continues to be regularly featured on many lists of the world's most beautiful libraries as well as many local and national wedding and events blogs.
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