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Upcoming Events

2015 Dibner Library Lecture

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On Wednesday December 2, 2015, the Smithsonian Libraries will host its 22nd Annual Dibner Library Lecture featuring Laura Otis.

5:00pm, with reception to follow 
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium 
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC

This event is free, please click here to reserve your tickets, or call 202.633.3054.

Teacher Hackathon

Saturday, January 30, 2016

At the heart of every Smithsonian museum and research center is a library. Individually, our 21 libraries are among the world’s greatest repositories of knowledge. Collectively they are one of America’s most precious scientific and cultural treasures. Come mine our collections and help build educational resources for our global audience.

We are inviting teachers that work with students of all ages, and schools of all types, to push us creatively; to rethink how our resources can be shared with public; to combine materials in a new way; to hack our collection and drive us forward by offering an original digital experience.


Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2016-2017

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Smithsonian Libraries will award grants to Baird Society, Dibner Library and Penick Resident Scholars in the 2016-2017 acacemic year. These competitive grants are offered to historians, librarians and bibliographers, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral students, with an approved research project.

National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Libraries Unveil “Artists’ Books and Africa”

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Smithsonian Libraries present a new exhibition, “Artists’ Books and Africa,” at the National Museum of African Art beginning Sept. 16. “Artists’ Books and Africa” will be on display through Sept. 11, 2016.

Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780–1910”

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Smithsonian Libraries opens its new exhibition “Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780–1910” in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History July 1. “Fantastic Worlds” will be on display through October 2016.