Interdisciplinary Resources

Welcome to the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives' resources for interdisciplinary study. Smithsonian Libraries and Archives cross the broad areas of science, art and design, history and culture, and also the intersections among them. Additionally, we support the work of museums and zoos as cultural institutions, including exhibit design, education and outreach, visitor services and programs, assessment, organization, administration and fund raising, and the storage and conservation of materials. These resources were gathered to help students, teachers, and researchers explore resources at our libraries and beyond. Please feel free to Contact Us with suggestions for additional resources or with questions.

Interdisciplinary Research Guides

Explore freely available resources compiled by subject experts within Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.

Interdisciplinary Library Collections at the Smithsonian

These interdisciplinary branches and collections hold materials that support staff across the entire Smithsonian Institution. Contact the subject librarians at each branch for more details on resources and access to collections. ​

  • Museum Studies and Smithsoniana Collection:  Materials in the areas of museum education, operations, organization, administration and management, visitor services, and programs, as well as a collection of Smithsonian publications. ​
  • Museum Support Center Library:  Supports the research needs of staff at the Smithsonian's Museum Support Center and across the Institution for the purposes of collections storage, research, and conservation.
  • Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex:  The most subject-diverse branch within the Smithsonian Libraries system, with extensive serials holdings as well as monographs, and many unique and specialized collections.
Last Updated June 3, 2021