The Smithsonian Libraries promotes new ideas through sharing knowledge. We advance scientific and cultural understanding by preserving America’s heritage. Through our expanding online presence and digitization initiatives, more people are able to access our vast resources. Their demands — and our desire to make these resources available — are growing. However, the funding we require to meet these needs is increasingly constrained. We invite you to explore the amazing resources of the Smithsonian Libraries and to contribute to a specific library or program, which aligns to your interests and curiosity. Invest in our important role to maintain and extend America’s place in the world’s scientific and cultural forums.
The Smithsonian Campaign — the first Institution-wide campaign in our history — will transform one of the nation’s greatest assets into a 21st-century catalyst for change. Through investments in people, places, programs and treasures, we will tell America’s story, spark discovery, inspire lifelong learning and use technologies to reach people everywhere.
Smithsonian Libraries Campaign Priorities
Investments in endowments to support acquisitions and conservation ensure the Libraries can provide current resources, as well as preserve cherished written works.
An investment in digitizing our collections ensures that the Libraries stays as accessible and relevant tomorrow as it is today.
Gifts to support exhibitions allow the Smithsonian Libraries to build public awareness for its vast holdings and provide education opportunities for students.
An investment in fellowships ensures scholars will use the Libraries’ collections to share new knowledge with their institutions and publish works, which offer insight into our past.
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