Weddings and More
stacks surround the central atrium with stunning neo-greco white pillars and cast-iron scrolled balcony railings. At the top, the ceiling curves in toward a massive diamond-patterned, almost-stained glass skylight, an element of the cathedral-like reputation.
Like literature, this sacred space has layers. I don’t mean just the tiers of well-preserved bound pages spanning topics from the arts to architecture to language and literature to history, biography, and geography. I’ve read there’s even a large map collection. Inside this one building, lovers of any and all disciplines can find wonder and answers. George Peabody’s vision was to provide more than a library. He wanted “an extensive library, well-furnished in every department of knowledge.” In the twenty-first century, the library is not only a key resource for academics, scholars, and the curious, but it is also a key social resource. Embraced by the sacred stacks, people celebrate the full spectrum of special occasions, from corporate events to weddings.
Everyone's Free to Use the Library's Card Catalogue
The best thing I learned: while the library is part of the John Hopkins University library network, it is open to the public. Anyone can walk in, go to the card catalog (YES! They have physical card catalogs as well as digital), and request a text from the stacks. The worst thing I learned: I can’t go into the stacks. But it’s for the best—I might never come out.
I'm a Chicago-born baby raised in Connecticut with a two-year diversion in Beirut, Lebanon. As an adult, I'm a nomad having lived in New York; Connecticut; London, England; (back to) Connecticut; Ohio; and now Florida. I have traveled by foot, by bike, by air, by car, by motorcycle, by boat, and by train. I remain constantly curious about the world.