Society Events and Programs
Society Donors line up for a photo at the opening of an exhibit
At a Libraries exhibition opening with curators Kirsten Van Der Veen and Douglas Dunlop, Libraries Director
Nancy E. Gwinn, and exhibit underwriters Carolyn Johnsen, Kathryn Turner, and Richard Nye.

Participation in the Smithsonian Libraries Society allows for exclusive access to opportunities, including invitations to events with noted luminaries, behind-the-scenes tours, and early access to exhibitions. Some of these opportunities are highlighted here.

Exhibition Openings and Previews

A reception guest gets a sneak-peek into Fantastic Worlds during the opening reception. 

Guest gets a sneak-peek at Fantastic Worlds during the opening reception.

Special Events

Guests explore Smithsonian Libraries treasures at the annual James Smithson dinner, highlighting the Smithsonian Libraries.

Guests mingle with staff and get hands-on with our treasures at Smithsonian special event, after-hours at the National Museum of American History.

Guests learn about whales at an exclusive event in Phoenix, AZ.

Guests learn about whales at an exclusive event in Phoenix, AZ.

Adopt-a-Book Annual Reception

Photos taken during the annual Adopt-a-Book event, hosted in the historic Smithsonian Castle.

Adopt-a-Book attendees explore the treasures on display. The Smithsonian Castle illuminated during Adopt-a-Book.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Guests shown here had the opportunity to participate in a private, behind-the-scenes look at the rare books and treasures featured in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, led by librarian Leslie Overstreet.

Guests participate in a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History



The collections are amazing: over 2 million books, manuscripts, maps, prints, paintings, research data, and physical artifacts.