Endowments

Today, with more than two million volumes including 50,000 rare books and manuscripts, the Smithsonian Libraries provides research and information resources to the world's largest museum complex. Endowments enhance the Libraries’ ability to fund acquisitions, conservation, technology, exhibitions, fellowships, internships, and staff development.

By allowing the Libraries to be less dependent on government funds, named endowments ensure that promising programs, individuals, and initiatives have the ongoing support they need. Through investments in places, people, programs, and treasures, we will tell America’s story, spark discovery, inspire lifelong learning, and use technologies to reach people everywhere.

Endowments allow us to invest in print collections to preserve our collective past. So much of what the Libraries offers cannot be found elsewhere and named endowments ensure a steady and growing stream of income to acquire and preserve treasures. With an outright gift or pledge of $50,000 or more, you can establish a named endowment to provide funding for the Libraries in perpetuity.

Our endowment donors are recognized on the Smithsonian Libraries donor panel in the National Museum of Natural History, on the Libraries website, and in the Annual Report, newsletters and other donor publications.  For more information on creating an endowment for the Smithsonian Libraries contact the Advancement Office at (202) 633-2241.