February 17, 2018

Johns Hopkins Gets $325,000 to Help Preserve Rare Books

By LJ Staff

The George Peabody Library, part of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, MD, has received a $325,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to help preserve its research collection. The money will be spent to upgrade and modernize the heating and air conditioning system in the historic library, which opened in 1878. Because of its 61-foot ceiling and skylight, climate control will prove to be a challenge. The existing heat and air conditioning was installed in 1976.

The George Peabody Library is home to more than 300,000 books that date as far back as the 15th century. It has what is “considered to be one of the finest 19th-century library collections–a carefully planned collection built on a model of acquiring the world’s best books,” said Winston Tabb, dean of university libraries. The library is currently closed and will reopen later this year, after the new system has been installed and other renovations are completed. The grant, administered through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, is awarded to help preserve the nation’s most historic sites and its cultural heritage. It requires a dollar-for-dollar match from nonfederal sources.