National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

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 will also support research in genealogy and family history.

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

The Library will open in 2017, and will be accessible by appointment to visiting scholars and independent researchers.

Please continue to check this website for updated information about the opening of the NMAAHC Library.


Library Catalog & SIRIS

Tools for the Researcher

Library Locations

For additional questions, please contact Shauna Collier at