Digital Library

Books Online

The Libraries offer over six thousand books available for viewing online from subjects ranging from advertising and aeronautics to zinc sculpture and Zuni Indians and many things in between. Our focus here is on the broad topics of History, Culture, Art and Design, and Science and Technology. We have also digitized over 20,000 volumes on Natural History and biodiversity that are available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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The Libraries physical collections comprise 1.5 million books and manuscripts, along with over 400,000 pieces of ephemera, microfilm, photo collections and a/v material, housed in over 20 locations in Washington, Maryland, New York, and Panama.

Our online collections include digitized drawings and photos, as well as indexes to physical collections including vertical files of artists, trade catalogs, postal history ephemera and more! 

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The Libraries has a history of producing both physical and online exhibitions that use our vast collections to delight and educate. Here you can find digital exhibitons from our past as well as an index of all physical exhibitions that the Libraries has produced over the years.

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