Hours & Information

Reference hours for the Phillips Library Reading Room are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am–4:30 pm. Approved Visiting Researchers may make appointments to visit Monday through Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm.

Reference line: 978-745-9500 ext. 3053
Email: research@pem.org

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.

Visiting the Reading Room

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

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.