National Museum of the American Indian Library

About the Collection

The Vine Deloria, Jr. Library of the National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Serving the curators, researchers, and public, the library provides resources to support the museum. Its collection of artists’ books is currently tiny but is likely to grow as the field grows.

Finding Artists’ Books

To find artists’ books at NMAI Library, use SIRIS, the Smithsonian’s online public access catalog. Under the Search tab at the top, click “Combined.” When the “Search by” page comes up, enter “artists’ books” under “Subject Keyword.” Also, under “Limits” select “National Museum of American Indian Library” in the right-side menu. Click the arrow to perform the search. This will create a list of books located at NMAI that have been marked as artists’ books.

How to Get There

4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746

The Vine Deloria, Jr. Library is located in the Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, not at the National Museum of the American Indian. The library can be found at 4220 Silver Hill Road, near the Suitland station on the Green line. From the station, walk toward Silver Hill Road and take a right. The Cultural Resource Center will be on your right.

What to Expect

The library is open to the public, but appointments are required for research. Contact the librarian at (301) 238-1376 or .

Other Resources

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