- Information on Old Books by Special Collections Staff to help you discover more about the old books in your home. Interested in learning more about your books and their value?
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Special Collections Department does not, as a matter of policy, offer monetary evaluations. However, we have compiled the following appraisal resources and directories, which we hope will prove helpful.
This information is not intended to be comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by the Smithsonian Institution.
- Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
- International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
General Resources on Rare Books and Book Arts
- Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the American Library Association
- Repositories of Primary Sources (University of Idaho Library) - a comprehensive list of special collections holdings throughout the world.
- Bibliographical Society of America
- Briar Press: Resources for printers and enthusiasts
- A searchable list of Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web compiled by S. Diane Shaw
Caring for and Preserving Rare Books
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Preservation and Exhibition Services Department
- The Library of Congress on collections care and conservation
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Dibner Library Resource Page
Cullman Library Resource Page