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Every day, The Smithsonian Libraries protects collections that are part of the Nation's Heritage to keep them available for you. Museum curators, historians, and other scholars, as well as cultural institutions and educators nationally and internationally still rely on modern publications AND books written by Copernicus, Galileo, Isaac Newton and John James Audubon.

The important books and manuscripts in the Smithsonian Libraries collections form an invaluable resource for research in subjects ranging from art to zoology. All of our libraries are available for public use, nearly 10,000 visitors a year come to Washington DC, New York City and Panama to do research in the library. Millions more see our books through gallery exhibitions and online.

Your Adopt-a-Book donation presents the Libraries with an abundance of possibilities. Be a part of history, make a donation today.

When you participate in the Adopt-A-Book program, you significantly increase the Libraries' ability to purchase new books and to preserve rare books and manuscripts for 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.

You have a choice:

Adopt a book/Sponsor a title: Adopt a Book was established to provide extra resources to build the fund for acquisitions of new books for the Smithsonian Libraries. When you adopt a book, a bookplate will be added in your name and the Libraries will use your contribution to purchase new books. In doing so, you help the Libraries grow its collection. Or you can take pride in knowing that a piece of the Smithsonian Libraries will be preserved for the benefit of future generations. Adopt a Book was also established to provide extra resources to our conservation team who work tirelessly to prevent the onset of deterioration that threatens the life spans of our rare and priceless books.
Support a Smithsonian library: Some of our art libraries have listed the books they need on Amazon.com. You may view their wish lists and purchase the book through Amazon to directly help the library grow its collection.
Donate: If you wish to make an unrestricted gift, the Smithsonian Libraries will apply your donation to where it is needed most. Acquisitions, Conservation, digitization, exhibitions, and research initiatives all represent areas that could benefit from your generosity. Your gift through the Adopt-a-Book program, no matter how small, really does make a difference.

You Deserve to be Recognized

Your Adopt-a-Book donation makes you a valued supporter of the Smithsonian Libraries. To show our appreciation for your generosity, all donors will receive acknowledgment from the Director of the Libraries, Nancy E. Gwinn, documenting the adoption and donation as well as indicating the portion of the donation that can be used for tax purposes. Special recognition is accorded to donors at the following levels of recognition.

If you would like to adopt a book in honor of or in memory of someone, please indicate this during checkout. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

For more information, please contact:
Christina Muracco, Director of Development
Smithsonian Libraries
muraccoc@si.edu
202-633-2241