Visiting Researchers

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.

Approved Visiting Researchers may access Phillips Library materials during nonpublic hours by making an appointment for a mutually agreeable time. Approved Visiting Researchers may, of course, visit the library during regular public hours, as well. Those wishing to be considered for Visiting Researcher status must complete the Visiting Researcher Application form.

Visiting Researcher status is granted for a specified duration based on information supplied in the application and generally does not exceed one year. Applications are reviewed by committee and decisions made within approximately two weeks. Requests for renewal of Visiting Researcher status will be considered.