History & Culture Libraries

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.

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 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.

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

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:

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.

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.