Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries

Botany and Horticulture Library

The Botany and Horticulture Branch Library provides research support for the Department of Botany, NMNH and Smithsonian Gardens, plus a large number of botanists world-wide, who use the collections and resources.

John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

The Library collection reflects the important role that the Smithsonian Institution played in the development of anthropology as a formal discipline in the United States

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The Cullman Library holds the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in anthropology and the natural sciences and contains approximately 20,000 volumes published before 1840.

Museum Support Center Library

Serving the research needs of staff at the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center for the purposes of collections storage, research, and conservation.

National Museum of Natural History Library

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Library consists of the main location (in NMNH's East Court) and 11 specialized collections throughout the NMNH building.

National Zoological Park Library

Opened in 1898, the National Zoological Park library is one of the oldest in continuing existence at the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Provides support for the Smithsonian scientists studying ecological systems and processes and SERC's education staff and programs.

Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex (SLRA) holds over 50,000 monographs, over 300,000 periodical holdings, and is the most subject-diverse branch within the Smithsonian Libraries system.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

The Library supports research, publications, academic and public programs, and exhibits of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, as well as biological research in Panamá and across Central America.