Other Special Collections Libraries

The libraries listed below are those that have significant special collections. Please contact each library individually for specific information and to make an appointment. Special collections records can be searched using the library's catalog, SIRIS.

American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

The AA/PG Library is the leading destination for study in American art and portraiture, and includes strong holdings in American and European art, American history and biography, and American crafts.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The major resource in the United States for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material covering design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

With more than eighty-six thousand volumes, the Library now is considered one of the finest repositories of Asian art resources in the United States.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

A research collection devoted to modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, video, film and emerging art forms

National Air and Space Museum Library

A premier aviation and aerospace history collection, the library supports research by the Museum’s curatorial staff and aviation researchers around the world

National Postal Museum Library

Contains more than 40,000 books, journals, catalogs, and documents, and is among the world's largest postal history and philatelic research facilities.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

The Library supports research, publications, exhibits and public programming of the Institution, as well as those of other museums and research institutions in Central America and Panama

Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

The Deloria Library supports the National Museum of the American Indian Museum, the Cultural Resources Center, and the George G. Heye Center in New York City.