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Support the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art

Librarian Janet Stanley with a researcher in the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art.

Every day, librarian Janet Stanley and the staff of the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art work tirelessly in support of the Smithsonian’s guiding purpose: to foster the increase and diffusion of knowledge. This African Art Library plays an essential role in connecting colleagues, researchers, and artists around the world to engage in promoting the critical work that ensures a future of knowledge and discovery of African art.

Make your gift by September 15th and it will be matched by a special anonymous donor, doubling your impact.

Your support allows researchers to make great discoveries, to tell true stories in the museum’s exhibitions and publications, and support world-wide quests for knowledge. Because of you, the Library is able share its extensive collection around the globe.

Resources at the fingertips of our expert librarians and staff allow them to respond quickly and connect more deeply with users in Africa and around the world. With our latest digitization efforts, we are making it easier to “increase and diffuse” knowledge immediately, even across oceans.

Listen, Listen: Adadam Agofomma: Honoring the Legacy of Koo Nimo. Mary Hark, Atta Kwami Minneapolis: Take Time Press, 2011.

This extraordinary outreach and the relationships it creates are critical to the progressive study and creation of African art and to the Library’s mission. As a result, the Robbins Library sends important new African art publications to 125 academic libraries in Africa free of charge.

Make your gift today!

To make your donation, please visit us online at (be sure to select “Warren M. Robbins Library” from the drop down menu) or call our Office of Advancement at 202.633.2241.

Your generosity will have a truly global reach, and will allow the Library and its exemplary staff to continue as the premiere resource on African Art for scholars, curators, artists, and curious minds around the world.


P.S. When you contribute $500 or more, you will become an honored member of the inner circle of the Smithsonian Libraries by joining Smithsonian Libraries Society. Participation in the Society allows you access to many VIP benefits, including invitations to Smithsonian Libraries events and an exclusive donor newsletter. Please contact Allie Swislocki at 202-633-7263 or for more details.












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