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 & 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 & 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...

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...

Harry Ransom Center Austin Texas

The Harry Ransom Center houses extensive collections of rare books and manuscripts, including the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare folios, and the...

Houghton Library Cambridge Massachusetts

The primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University, the Houghton Library houses collections that focus on the study of...