The George Peabody Library
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The Johns Hopkins University’s Mt. Vernon campus is home to The George Peabody Library, one of the most important research libraries in the world. Originally called the Library of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, the current building opened in 1878. The primary stack room features several levels of cast-iron balconies that reach up to the skylight, which is a dramatic 61 feet above the ground floor. “The beautiful and cavernous space was described fittingly described as a ‘cathedral of books,’” according to Atlas Obscura. The George Peabody Library holds more than 300,000 books on a wide variety of subjects.