It’s National Library Week 2020! This year’s theme is “Find your place at the library.” While the Smithsonian Libraries has closed its 21 physical branches during the COVID-19 outbreak, our work continues. We invite you to find a place with us online through our virtual resources, continued services, and digital content. We are here to help you explore and discover from the comfort of your home–and we look forward to welcoming you back in person as soon as we can.
Find your favorite in Books Online, a free repository of our digitized books. Search for a specific title, browse by topic, or see what’s been most recently added. Our digital books have something for everyone, from aeronautics to decorative arts, architecture to geography, music to sculpture, religion to zoology.
Relax, unwind, and put your creativity to the test with our free, downloadable coloring books: Volume I, Volume II, and Color in a New Light. Or color from the rare, centuries-old books used in the Smithsonian Libraries’ first published coloring book, Abecedarium: An Adult Coloring Book for Bibliophiles (Smithsonian Books, 2019).
Access free learning courses in aviation and space history directly from your iPhone or iPad, suitable for 6th grade and up. Topics include Women in Aviation, The Great Moon Hoax, and How Things Fly: Parts of an Aircraft in the World War I Period.
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Access over 250,000 volumes and 58 million pages of content from the 15th to 21st centuries in the online Biodiversity Heritage Library. All content is free in this global biodiversity treasure trove. Peruse over 160,000 nature images on Flickr, download free coloring books, and read curated content on topics such as Antarctic Exploration and Latino Natural History.
Discover millions of educational digital resources and create and share content with online tools in the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Visit Distance Learning Resources, which support teachers and their students around the globe. Download, share, reuse, and remix millions of Smithsonian images for free through Smithsonian Open Access. Become a digital volunteer in the Smithsonian Transcription Center.
Thanks to your ongoing support, the Smithsonian Libraries is able to continue providing free online resources and services, virtual exhibitions, and more. We are so grateful to have you as friends and partners.