Get a Library Borrower Account

Anyone with a valid Smithsonian Institution issued identification badge may apply for a Smithsonian Libraries borrower account/library card. Please complete the Borrower Registration/Authorization Form. You can submit your completed form at any library branch or send it by email to

Please note:

  • You must have a Smithsonian Libraries borrower account to check out books or other library materials.
  • If you are not considered permanent Smithsonian staff, emeritus staff, or permanent affiliated agency staff, you MUST have your SI supervisor or sponsor sign the designated area on the form. Temporary staff includes fellows, volunteers/docents, interns, and contractors.
  • Once you have your library borrower account, you can set up an ILLiad account to submit interlibrary loan requests.
  • More information on library services for Smithsonian staff and other affiliated persons can be found here

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