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NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES LIBRARIES

John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

National Museum of Natural History, Room 331
10th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0112
Telephone: 202.633.1640
Fax: 202.357.1896
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/anth/
The Anthropology Library, officially known as the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology, is located within the Anthropology Department of the National Museum of Natural History. Its collection reflects the important role that the Smithsonian Institution played in the development of anthropology as a formal discipline in the United States. The Anthropology Library was established in 1965 with the merger of two principal Smithsonian collections--the library of the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE;1879-1965) and the divisional collections of the Department of Anthropology. The former supported "anthropological researches" among the indigenous people of the Americas and was considered one of the best such resources in the world.
Today's library is named after John Wesley Powell, the BAE founder and first director who is also well known for his early exploration of the Colorado River region. The latter collections grew out of the work of other museum staff not only in the Americas but also many places abroad, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania.

Botany and Horticulture Library

National Museum of Natural History, Room W422
10th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560-0112
Telephone: 202.633.1685
Fax: 202.357.1896
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/bothort/
The Botany Library was established in the winter of 1965-1966 when the Botany Department moved into the newly-built West Wing of the Natural History Museum and several collections of botanical literature were consolidated into a separate library. It provides research support for the Botany Department and the large number of botanists world-wide who use the collections and resources.
The Horticulture Branch Library was established in 1984 as a research support resource for the Horticulture Services Division, which is responsible for the management of the gardens, grounds, greenhouses, and interior plantscaping at the Smithsonian Institution. The Library evolved from a small office collection that was begun in the early 1970s. Since that time, this collection has been enhanced by the donation of several large gifts. An acquisition in 1984 of more than 150 American titles on landscape design dating from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries has become the foundation of a growing collection the subject. The collection has been placed next to the Botany Dept. library and is cared for by the Botany librarian.

Museum Support Center Library

4210 Silver Hill Road, MSC Rm, C-2000
Suitland, Maryland 20746-2863
Telephone: 301.238.1030
Fax: 301.238.3661
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/msc/
The Museum Support Center is a museum collections management facility designed for the purposes of collections storage, research, and conservation.

National Museum of Natural History Library

National Museum of Natural History, Rm. CE-100
10th and Constitution Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Telephone: 202.633.1680
Fax:
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nmnh/
The National Museum of Natural History Library consists of the Main Location and 15 specialized collections throughout the National Museum of Natural History building. These collections are located within the Department of Systematic Biology (Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Vertebrate Zoology), Mineral Sciences and Paleobiology. The NMNH Main Library and its satellite locations all have strong collections of 19th- and 20th-century literature (thanks in part to the gifts of early Smithsonian curators). Pre-1840 titles are accessible in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, which is part of the Special Collections Department, SIL.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

647 Contees Wharf Road/ P. O. Box 28
Edgewater, MD 21037
Telephone: 443.482.2273
Fax: 443.482.2286
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/serc/
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Branch Library houses a collection of approximately 7,500 monographs and bound journals (118 journals are currently subscribed to), microfilm, fiche, and videos. These materials support the scientific and educational research in the following broad areas: global change; landscape ecology; coastal ecosystems; population and community ecology, with emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounds.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

Biblioteca, Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales
Apartado Postal 2072
Balboa, Ancón
República de Panamá
Telephone: 507.212.8113
Fax: 507.212.8147
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/stri/
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library (STRI Library), also known as the Earl Silas Tupper Library in Tropical Biology, is located at Portobello Avenue, Ancón, Panama City, Republic of Panama. The Branch has sublocations on the Island of Barro Colorado, on the Gatun Lake of the Panama Canal, and on Colón Island, at the research station in the province of Bocas del Toro. The Library supports research, publications, exhibits and public programming of the Institution, as well as those of other museums and research institutions in Central America and Panama.

National Zoological Park Library

3000 Block of Connecticut Avenue, NW
Education Building-Visitor Center
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone: 202.633.1030
Fax: 202.673.4900
Email: AskaLibrarian@si.edu
Website: http://www.sil.si.edu/libraries/nzp/
The NZP Library houses a collection of more than 5,000 books and 185 serial titles on zoos and aquariums, animal behavior, husbandry, veterinary medicine, pathology, genetics, nutrition, wildlife conservation, biodiversity, and horticulture. The library also has a special collection (called the Zooiana Collection) of publications from other zoos and aquariums such as animal collection inventories, annual reports, guidebooks and miscellaneous pamphlets. Extensive collections of zoo and animal-related bibliographies and NZP staff publications are also located in the library.

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