Anacostia Community Museum Library

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. One of 20 branch libraries in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) system, this branch supports the research, exhibitions, and public programs of the Anacostia Museum and other museums and offices within the Smithsonian and the larger scholarly community. This collection was organized as part of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 1991.
Chuck Brown (1936-2012) interview in the Anacostia Library


The Anacostia Museum Branch Library has over 5,000 books, and close to 100 periodical titles in various formats.

It actively collects materials relating to the preservation of family and community history through education, advocacy, and documentation.

The Library welcomes donations of relevant newsletters, calendars, press releases, and special-event mailings. The library organizes this diverse information and acts as a clearinghouse to ensure that such information is readily available for the library users.

Our new focus is community museology, urban communities, issues that impact urban communities, and the people who reside in urban communities.