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National Air & Space Museum, Room 3100
6th Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560-0314
The National Air and Space Museum Branch Library houses more than 29,000 books, 11,000 bound serials, and a microform collection. The scope of the collections covers aeronautics and astronautics, the history of aviation and space flight, astronomy, and Earth and planetary sciences.
National Museum of American History, Room 5016
Washington, DC 20560-0630
The NMAH Branch Library houses more than 120,000 books, 45,000 volumes of bound serials, representing about 300 current and 3,000 noncurrent titles. The microform collections contain 500 titles totaling approximately 8,000 reels of microfilm and 20,000 microfiche. At the broadest level, the NMAH Branch Library collections are concerned with the history of science and technology and its impact on both the American scene and the everyday life of Americans.
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
The Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian's growing collection currently consists of over 6,000
volumes, including periodicals. The Library collects comprehensively in all areas relating to the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere and Hawaii, including history, ethnology, religion, art, oral tradition, education, language, literature, biography, archaeology, and contemporary issues. Also collected are current publications, e.g., newspapers and newsletters, produced by Native groups.
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020-0520
The Anacostia Community Museum Library has over 3,500 books, and close to 100 periodical titles in various formats. It actively collects materials relating to the history and culture of the African diaspora in the Western hemisphere. Subject area strengths include the Upper South, African American women, slavery and abolitionism, and religion and the African American community.
National Museum of Natural History, CE-100
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560
The Museum Studies Reference Library has more than 28,000 books, over 280 periodical titles, as well as multi-media material. Subject areas covered include museum operations, museum organization, administration and management, and programs. The MSRL collection also contains many historic and current Smithsonian publications in our non-circulating "Smithsoniana" collection. In 2010 the MSRL collection was moved and is now housed near the main National Museum of Natural History library collection.
2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0570
Although the resources at the National Postal Museum Library focus on the postal history and philately of the United States, the collections are international in scope. Europe, North America and Australia are particularly well represented. The Library has more than 5,000 books, 6,000 serial titles, manuscript files, photographs and many auction and stamp catalogues.
Rm. K17, MRC 806
3400 Pennsy Drive
Landover, MD 20785-1607
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Research Annex houses over 80,000 items including runs of historical serials, government publications, trade literature, and overflow material from other SI library locations.
The facility features a modern reading room with connections for laptops and scanners, a
microform reader, and a photocopier. Researchers must call or email Mike Hardy in advance of
any visit to ensure materials are available for viewing. The Libraries’ Book Conservation
Laboratory and Digital Imaging Center are also located in the same facility.