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American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

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Developed to reflect the missions of the two museums with strong holdings in American art, American history and biography, and American crafts.

National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

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The Library will be on the second floor of the National Museum of African American History & Culture which is currently under construction and slated to open in 2016. The library collection will reflect the mission of the museum and support the research and documentation of all aspects of the African American experience.

Anacostia Community Museum Library

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The Anacostia Community Museum Library is a resource supporting the mission of the Anacostia Community Museum, which is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community’ while maintaining its strong ties to Anacostia and the D.C. Metropolitan region.

National Museum of American History Library

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A premier American history collection including all areas of American history, advances in technology, the impact on everyday American life, and scientific developments.

Botany and Horticulture Library

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The Botany Library and Horticulture Branch Library provide research support for the departments and the large number of botanists world-wide who use the collections and resources.

National Museum of Natural History Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology Libraries

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Provide information support services to the Department of Zoology and wide array of individuals including pre/post-doctoral students and fellows, and visiting scientists.

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library

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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.

National Museum of Natural History Library

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The National Museum of Natural History Library consists of the Main Location and 15 specialized collections throughout the National Museum of Natural History building.

Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

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The Dibner Library is the Smithsonian’s collection of rare books and manuscripts relating to the history of science and technology. Located in the American History Museum in Washington, DC.

National Museum of Natural History Vertebrate Zoology Libraries

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Consisting of the Amphibians & Reptiles and Fishes, Birds, and Mammals satellite Libraries in the National Museum of Natural History.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

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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.

National Postal Museum Library

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

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

National Zoological Park Library

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A collection of more than 5,000 books and 185 serial titles on zoos and aquariums, animal behavior, veterinary medicine, genetics, nutrition, wildlife conservation, and more.

John G. Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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Forming one of the world's preeminent astronomical collections from the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

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Provides support for the scientists studying coastal zone ecosystems and the education staff and programs.

John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

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The Library collection reflects the important role that the Smithsonian Institution played in the development of anthropology as a formal discipline in the United States

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Research Annex

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 The Research Annex contains 8,000 monographs and 245,000 serial holdings with broad strengths in the following areas of the 19th and 20th centuries:

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

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The Cullman Library holds the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in anthropology and the natural sciences.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

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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

Museum Support Center Library

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Serving the research needs of staff at the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center for the purposes of collections storage, research, and conservation.

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

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Supports the Cultural Resources Center, the George Gustave Heye Center, and the National Museum of the American Indian Museum.

National Air and Space Museum Library

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

Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

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The major resource center in the United States for the research and study of the visual arts of Africa with more than 32,000 volumes.