Anacostia Community Museum Library

The Anacostia Community Museum Library supports the mission of the Anacostia Community Museum: Together with local communities, the Anacostia Community Museum illuminates and amplifies our collective power. As our neighborhoods undergo social, economic, and environmental changes that individuals alone cannot address, there is a need for communities to bring together their combined knowledge and strengths. As a museum that convenes people and ideas, ACM documents and preserves communities’ memories, struggles, and successes, and offers a platform where diverse voices and cultures can be heard. We believe that bridging disparate parts of our communities can bring collective action to bear on forging a better future together. One of 21 branch libraries in the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives system, this branch supports the research, exhibitions, and public programs of the Anacostia Museum and other museums and offices within the Smithsonian and the larger scholarly community. This collection was organized as part of the "Smithsonian Institution Libraries" in 1991.

Chuck Brown (1936-2012) interview in the Anacostia Library


The Anacostia Museum Branch Library has over 8,000 books, and close to 100 periodical titles in various formats. The current subject foci include: community and related regional history, topics surrounding urban communities, and community museology.