The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 9, 1998
Feb. 9, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 21


The Sheridan Libraries

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

The Milton S. Eisenhower Library, which opened in 1964, was named for Hopkins' eighth president, whose vision brought together the university's rich collection of books, journals and other scholarly resources. The library houses 2.4 million printed volumes, 14,000 serial subscriptions, 3.5 million microforms, more than 200,000 maps and numerous audio-visual manuscript and archival materials. It also offers a wide selection of electronic information services.

Formally known as the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, "the Hut" is considered the undergraduate domain on the Homewood campus. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Hut contains a non-circulating collection of reference works, basic books in fields covered by the undergraduate curriculum, current magazines and newspapers, and big tables and comfortable furniture suitable for group study.

The collection at the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, contains 28,600 volumes and includes works on 16th- and 17th-century English literature and history including a portion of the Tudor and Stuart collection. It is especially strong in the works of Shakespeare, Bacon, Spenser and Milton. The collection also includes many of the most important and beautiful ornithological works ever produced. Among the unique holdings in this library is a significant body of voyage and exploration literature, such as Christopher Columbus' letter to Queen Isabella.

The George Peabody Library, which has been part of Eisenhower since 1982, was founded in 1857 as part of the Peabody Institute and was Baltimore City's first free library. This handsome Renaissance revival building, located in Mount Vernon Square, contains one of the city's most magnificent interiors. In the main reading room, five levels of cast iron balconies supported by pillars surround the central well and are crowned by a skylight 61 feet above a black-and-white-tiled floor. The library houses an extensive reference collection including outstanding volumes on art history, British history, and 19th-century science and technology. It also has a large genealogy collection, particularly relating to Great Britain.