Anacostia Community Museum Library

One of 21 libraries in the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives system, the Anacostia Community Museum Library was created in 1991 to support the research, exhibitions, and public programs of the Smithsonian’s first neighborhood museum, as well as the research needs of the Smithsonian and researchers at large.

The Anacostia Community Museum is now the institution’s only museum with a particular focus on documenting community history and culture, and over the years, the library has adjusted the collection to best reflect the new mission of the museum. As a result, the library collection has grown to over 8000 volumes, with a current collection focus that includes community history and culture, U.S. regional history, activism, social justice and social movements, urbanization and related issues, food access, environmental justice, and the history and unique culture of Washington, DC.

For additional information about the Anacostia Community Museum Library and its resources, or to make a research appointment please contact library staff via our email of, or by phone of 202-633-4863.

Planning Your Visit

  • The closest Metro station (about a mile away) is the Anacostia Station on the Green Line and there is a Metro bus stop right outside of the museum.
  • If you choose to drive, there is a small parking lot with free parking.
  • The museum does not have a restaurant or designated eatery in or near the building; please plan your visit accordingly.

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