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Peabody Library 100th: Home

Celebrating 100 Years of Peabody Library

Notable Peabody Collections


Contact Karen Swoopes, Peabody Library Administrative Assistant or  Melissa Mallon, Peabody Library Director.

Peabody Through The Years

Special Events

All Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff, and particularly Peabody alumni are invited to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Peabody Library. Watch the space below for additional details about our special events. 

100th Birthday PartySeptember 26, 1:00-2:30 pm (Fireside Reading Room, 1st Floor)

  • Join us for a casual, drop-in celebration with cake & refreshments. Library tours will be available on request.
Centennial Reception – October 17, 4:00-6:00 pm (Grand Reading Room, 2nd Floor)
  • This catered reception will feature champagne and refreshments, and is a chance to celebrate the historic nature of this Carnegie Library.
Tree Talk & Walk  – November 1, Noon-1 pm (Fireside Reading Room, 1st Floor/Peabody Esplanade)
  • Join us for an engaging talk given by Steve Baskauf (Vanderbilt Libraries & Vanderbilt University Arboretum) to discuss the evolution of the magnificent trees on the Esplanade, followed by a walk around the Peabody College grounds. Light refreshments are provided.

A Peabody Library 100th Anniversary Event with Tipper Gore  – November 8, 4:00-5:30 pm (Grand Reading Room, 2nd Floor)

  • Please join the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries in celebrating the Peabody Library 100th Anniversary with remarks by Tipper Gore, Peabody College alumna, activist, author, photographer, and former second lady of the United States.

    Remarks will begin around 4:15 pm and the event will conclude with a reception in Peabody Library's Grand Reading Room.

[New event added!] Peabody Library: A History of Its First 100 Years  – January 22, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm (Fireside Reading Room, 1st Floor)

  • The history of Peabody Library is connected in interesting ways both with the history of Peabody College and with the larger history of libraries and library education in the United States. To help mark Peabody Library's centennial, this talk by Peabody librarian David Golann will highlight photos and other artifacts that illuminate the history of the library and the library school that called it home for many years. Light refreshments will be provided.