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* National Museum of the American Indian

Over 500 titles added to the NMAI Library Collection through the generosity of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee :

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Using the Library

Monday-Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Closed on Federal holidays
Open to the public by appointment only. Call 301.238.1376 or 301.238.1369 to make an
appointment. When calling to schedule an appointment please specify your research
interests, university or other affiliation (if you have one), and the time of your visit.
Telephone: 301.238.1376 (Librarian’s office)
Telephone: 301.238.1369 (Library Technician’s office)
Email: or
Fax: 301.238.3038

Postal address:
National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural Resource Center
NMAI Library
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
MRC 538

4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746

From downtown Washington, D.C.:

  • Follow signs to 395 North
  • Get in far right lane
  • Take South Capitol Street south (1st exit) out of the city
  • Cross Anacostia River on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
  • Bear left onto Suitland Parkway
  • Exit right onto Silver Hill Road (about one mile from Naylor Road/Branch Avenue exit); sign says “Silver Hill Road SOUTH,” and a communications tower will be visible on the right
  • Smithsonian's Museum Support Center (MSC) entrance drive and gate will be visible on the right
  • Turn right into the MSC gate and immediately right into the CRC parking lot.

From Capital Beltway (I-495):

  • Take exit for St. Barnabas Road (Rte. 414) EAST
  • Stay on St. Barnabas Road for 3 miles
  • St. Barnabas Road ends in a "T" intersection with Silver Hill Road; bear right onto Silver Hill
  • Smithsonian's Museum Support Center (MSC) entrance drive and gate will be visible on the left
  • Turn left onto MSC drive and immediately right into CRC parking lot


  • Green line to Suitland Station
  • Follow Silver Hill Road north to MSC gate on right

Enter the Cultural Resource Center via the main entrance through the rotunda and check in with Security at the front desk and ask the guard to call the Library. A member of the library staff will come and escort you to the Library. You will be issued a temporary visitor’s badge at this time. You must show some form of identification at the Security desk that will be held at the desk until you leave the building.


Supports the staff of the NMAI, other Smithsonian staff, fellows, research associates, interns, volunteers, other government agencies, students, researchers, and the public. Only Smithsonian staff can borrow materials from the NMAI collection. The public can request circulating titles from the NMAI collection through interlibrary loan via their public library or an academic library if associated with an academic institution. Library staff accepts reference questions by letter, telephone, or e-mail.


Photocopiers and microfilm reader/printers are available for a fee to researchers. Notebook computers may be used in the reading room; the use of additional computer equipment, such as scanners, as well as cameras and a copy stand is also permitted.

There are no facilities for dining. If you come to the NMAI Library for the day you need to bring your lunch/snacks. Also there is no eating or drinking, with the exception of water, in the Cultural Resource Center except in the break rooms.

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