National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

The National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Library is devoted to collecting and providing access to resources that support scholarship in African American history, culture, and the African Diaspora. The Library also supports research in genealogy and family history.

Located on the second level of the museum, the Library features a reading room with public computer stations, stack space for 11,000 volumes, electronic and print resources, and a case for rotating exhibits of items from the library and archives.

Please visit the following page for more information about research appointments: In-person appointments are available by appointment. Library reference is available via email at


Library Catalog & SIRIS

Research Tools

Library Locations

Genealogy Questions

NMAAHC Archives Questions

ON EXHIBIT: "Highlights of the NMAAHC Library Collection"