The Smithsonian Libraries’ Adopt-a-Book Program allows you to commemorate an occasion, celebrate a milestone, honor a great achievement, or leave a legacy for a loved one while providing essential funding which supports conservation, acquisition, and digitization of books and manuscripts held by the libraries of the world’s largest museum complex and research institution.

Adopt a Book Today!

Your adoption supports the Smithsonian Libraries' mission by helping us:

  • Build our collection and provide more research resources for users around the world
  • Preserve treasures for future generations through conservation (learn more about book preservation here)
  • Make materials available through digitization, bringing knowledge to curious minds everywhere

When you adopt a book, you will be acknowledged with:

  • A virtual bookplate in our online catalog
  • An adoption certificate and information sheet about your volume
  • On a physical bookplate in your selected item

If you would like to adopt a book in honor of or in memory of someone, please indicate this during your adoption. All Adopt-a-Book donations are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgment from the Smithsonian Libraries Advancement Office and a tax receipt from the Smithsonian Institution. 

Adopt a Book Today!

We truly appreciate your generosity and your ongoing support of the Smithsonian Libraries.

For additional information, please contact the Advancement Office at or 202.633.2241.

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