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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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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...

John Hay Library Providence Rhode Island

The special collections library of Brown University, the John Hay Library contains more than 3,000,000 items. Holdings range from Babylonian clay...

John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections Chestnut Hill Massachusetts

Boston College's Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural...

Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana

The Lilly Library hosts exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings and receptions as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations...

McFarlin Library Tulsa Oklahoma

The University of Tulsa's McFarlin Library currently houses more than 140,000 rare books and over 9,000 linear feet of literary and historical...

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Princeton New Jersey

The principal repository of rare books and manuscripts at Princeton University, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections comprises...

Read/Write Library Chicago Chicago Illinois

Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, the Read/Write Library Chicago is a location-specific archive of independent and small press...

Richard Hugo House Seattle Washington

Founded in 1997, the Richard Hugo House offers writing classes and events, including the annual Hugo Literary Series, which invites...

Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum St. Helena California

Established in 1969, the Silverado Museum is a non-profit organization that houses one of the world's most distinguished collections of...

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