Press Releases


Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Smithsonian Libraries today launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U that focus on topics in early aviation and space history. This release increases exposure of Libraries material and is an innovative way to reach new audiences.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is profiled in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections, a major study funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and conducted by Ithaka S+R in partnership with the Association of Research Libraries. 

Monday, August 19, 2013
Dane Kennedy, author of The Last Blank Spaces, will discuss and sign his book on Monday, Sept. 9, at noon in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is co-sponsored with the Smithsonian Libraries. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries, received an honorary doctoral degree from University of Wyoming on May 11. It is the university’s highest award, and is given annually to individuals recognized internationally as leaders in their professions.

Friday, May 24, 2013
The Biodiversity Heritage Library received the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) on May 9. It is the highest honor bestowed by CBHL and was founded to honor outstanding contribution and meritorious service to the CBHL or in the field of botanical and horticultural libraries or literature.