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Peabody Institute Library



About Us

The Peabody Institute Library is the public library for the City of Peabody, Massachusetts. In 1852, philanthropist George Peabody provided for the establishment of a library and lyceum in his home community, then known as South Danvers. In 1852 George Peabody said, ''Education - a debt due from present to future generations.'' It is the spirit of this quote that directs the library's mission, which is to meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community. Our main library and two Branch Libraries provide materials in many formats: books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, music CD's, downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, and online databases with access to thousands of full- text journals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and newspapers. We support the public school curriculum, keep citizens informed on current topics, provide do-it-yourself information, and answer research questions. Our libraries offer programs that provide entertainment and enlightenment for all ages. The library has a strong commitment to free arts and cultural programs, and sponsors a wide variety of events, which include book discussion groups, story hours, craft activities, after school events, lectures and performances, a museum pass program, art exhibits, entertainers for children, and local history events and exhibits. With locations in Downtown, South, and West Peabody, the library invites all community members to come explore, learn, and connect at the library.

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Cate Merlin
  • Phone: (978) 531-0100 x16

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