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The Phillips Library Reading Room

Hours & Information


The Reading Room is temporarily located at 1 Second Street, Peabody, Massachusetts while the Salem facility is being renovated.

The Phillips Library will be moving from its temporary facility in Peabody to a new location this fall. This move is part of the Peabody Essex Museum's plan to improve storage conditions for its museum and library collections. In order to carry out the move, the Library and Reading Room will be closed and all access to the collection of books and manuscripts will be suspended from September 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. We regret any inconvenience or hardship this may cause to researchers and we encourage researchers to visit or make inquiries prior to September. Further information about the new location will be forthcoming later this summer.

The Reading Room will be open on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 4:30 p.m. Approved Visiting Researchers are welcome, by special appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday between 10 and 4:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming our patrons to the new Reading Room. Wi-Fi access is provided for our patrons. Reference line: 978-745-9500 ext. 3053. Email:

Visitors must present a recent photo id to the security guard on duty. Visitors are required to leave coats, briefcases, backpacks, handbags, and pens in lockers outside of the Reading Room. Laptop computers, notebooks, and pencils may be brought inside. Cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced or turned off.

All researchers must check in with a librarian upon arrival. Registration forms must be completed once a year acknowledging compliance with our current reading room policies.


Visiting Researchers

Approved Visiting Researchers may access Phillips Library materials during nonpublic hours by making an appointment or visit during regular public hours.



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