Literary Places

This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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Amherst College's Archives and Special Collections Amherst Massachusetts

The Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College holds more than 80,000 books and 11,000 linear feet of archival materi­als. Notable...

Bancroft Library Berkeley California

The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60...

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library New Haven Connecticut

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare...

Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Ithaca New York

The principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials at Cornell University, the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections...

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library Durham North Carolina

Located at Duke University, the Rubenstein Library contains the Duke University archives, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and...

Denver Public Library Denver Colorado

Since 1995, the Denver Public Library Central branch has been the largest library between Los Angeles and Chicago. Central Library is located next...

District of Columbia Public Library: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Washington District Of Columbia

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the central library of the D.C. Public Library, opened on August 21, 1972. Designated a historic...

Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Atlanta Georgia

The special collections of Emory University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library span the 15th to the 21st centuries—with particular...

Fales Library and Special Collections New York New York

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes, close to 9,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 65,000 media...

Folger Shakespeare Library Washington District Of Columbia

Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, as well as major collections of other rare...