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HISTORY AND CULTURE LIBRARIES

National Air and Space Museum Library

National Air & Space Museum, Room 3100
6th Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560-0314
Telephone: 202.633.2320
Fax: 202.786.2835
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nasm/
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 Library

National Museum of American History, Room 5016
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560-0630
Telephone: 202.633.3865
Fax: 202.633.3427
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nmah/
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.

Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Telephone: 301.238.1370
Fax: 301.238.3038
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nmai/
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.

Anacostia Community Museum Library

1901 Fort Place SE
Washington, DC 20020-0520
Telephone: 202.633.4862
Fax: 202.610.3374
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/anacostia/
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.

Museum Studies & Reference Library

National Museum of Natural History, CE-100
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20560
Telephone: 202.633.1700
Fax: 202.786.2443
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/msrl/
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.

National Postal Museum Library

2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0570
Telephone: 202.633.5544
Fax: 202.633.8876
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/npm/
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.

SIL Research Annex

Rm. K17, MRC 806
3400 Pennsy Drive
Landover, MD 20785-1607
Telephone: 301.238.2082
Fax: 301.238.2268
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/SILRA
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.

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