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Visiting Researchers

The Phillips Library will be moving from its temporary facility in Peabody to a state-of-the-art facility in Rowley, Massachusetts. This move is part of the Peabody Essex Museum's plan to improve storage conditions for its museum and library collections. Additional details and information may be found HERE.

In order to carry out the move, the Library and Reading Room are now closed and all access to the collection of books and manuscripts is suspended through spring 2018. Further information about the new location will be forthcoming. Inquiries can be sent to, though response time may be delayed. We regret any inconvenience or hardship this may cause to researchers.


© 2017 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Ken Sawyer

Research Procedures

We encourage patrons to visit our library to conduct their own research, though we understand it is not always possible. We are happy to help with quick requests, but those requiring in-depth research may incur a fee which must be authorized in advance. Reference Department staff will contact you regarding your request to discuss charges and issue an invoice if necessary. Please understand that we cannot guarantee results, but every effort will be made to assist you, and we will document all sources that we consult during the course of our research.

Research requests may be made in writing by post mail or email. Please allow four to six weeks for a response to your request from the time of its receipt. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received. Research Request Form

Photocopy requests must be approved by a librarian. Requests are considered on a case by case basis, and depend upon the size, binding, condition, copyright, and any relevant donor restrictions. Reference staff will determine whether material can be copied and will do its best to meet reasonable requests. The Library's charge for reproduction does not imply an authorization for publication or reproduction. Please fill out our Rights and Reproduction application to request authorization to publish.

All photocopies will be made by a staff member. We strive to complete orders within a reasonable amount of time; expected delivery time will be discussed when an order is placed. A fee of $.50 per printed page or $1.00 per manuscript page will be charged for each copy. Shipping charges will be added when applicable. Copies from microfilm can be made by library patrons at the microfilm copier for $.50 per page.

(The above pricing information is subject to change.)