Our Adopt-a-Book Program

The Smithsonian Libraries' Adopt-a-Book Program was established to acquire and preserve rare books and manuscripts for the world's largest museum complex and research organization.

Our system of libraries supports research in subjects ranging from art to zoology. Museum curators, historians, and other scholars, as well as cultural institutions and educators from around the world rely on the treasures in the Smithsonian Libraries collections. Since 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. You have a role to play in keeping these books available for research and display for years to come.

There are two ways to participate in the Adopt-a-Book program:

Add to our collection
Help us build our Special Collections acquisitions fund to purchase rare books and manuscripts.
Preserve for the future
Provide resources for our conservation team to conserve one of our treasures. Take pride in knowing that a piece of the Smithsonian Libraries will be preserved for future generations.

When you adopt a book, a bookplate will be added in your name to the book and a virtual bookplate will be created for you in our online catalog.

All donations to the Adopt-a-Book program are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgment from the Smithsonian Libraries Development Office and a tax receipt from the Smithsonian Institution.

If you would like to adopt a book in honor of or in memory of someone, please indicate this during checkout. We truly appreciate the generosity of our patrons.

For additional information, please contact:

Christina Muracco
Director of Development
Smithsonian Libraries
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 154
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Email: MuraccoC@si.edu
Telephone: 202.633.2241