Departments

Administrative Department Logo Image

The Administrative Services Office (ASO) provides administrative support to all programs of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

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The Smithsonian Libraries is proud to be one of the founding members of the BHL - a consortium of major natural history, botanical, and research libraries.

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The Director's Office includes the Director, Deputy and Assistant Directors, as well as the Advancement Office.

Imaging Center Logo Image

The Imaging Center provides high quality digital images for the Libraries.

Interlibrary Loan Department Logo Image

Provides resources necessary for research, such as books, dissertations and microfilm not held by Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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Committed to the preservation, safe exhibition, and long-term access to the Smithsonian Libraries' collections.

Research Services Department Logo Image

With 20 library locations in most of the Smithsonian's museums and research centers, the Research Services Division manages the physical collections of the Libraries and serves the information needs of the Smithsonian's researchers, scholars, and the general public.

Resource Acquisitions Department Logo Image

The Resource Acquisitions department handles the purchase of books and journals, coordination of materials acquired through gift or exchange, loans of books and articles from other libraries (inter-library loan) and management of serials (journals) and serial subscriptions.

Resource Description Department Logo Image

The Resource Description department includes Original Cataloging, Catalog Management, and Metadata.

Scholarly Communications and IT Support Department Logo Image

Scholarly Communications staff manage Smithsonian Research Online which includes both the Smithsonian Digital Document Repository (using DSpace) and the Smithsonian Research Bibliography.

Special Collections Department Logo Image

The Special Collections Department arranges, describes, houses, and provides access to the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections held in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History.

Web Services Department Logo Image

The Web Services and Digital Library department is responsible for creation and maintenance of the Libraries' website which includes the Digital Library.