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

The NMAI Library's interior incorporates the unique elements of the CRC's architecture which reflects numerous Native American cultural and design principles, including carefully placed windows and skylights that introduce natural light. The unique design of the Cultural Resources Center was conceived and executed with the direct involvement of Native communities. The architectural program and design for the building were the result of numerous consultations and collaborations with NMAI staff, design professionals, and a cross-section of Native peoples from throughout the Western Hemisphere and Hawai'i. The design inspires respect for the collections the building holds and the cultures it represents. The NMAI Library provides access to the latest library and information technologies in a comfortable, welcoming environment.