Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library 

This is an image taken inside the American Art/Portrait Gallery Library

The Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG) is the leading destination for study in American art and portraiture, and includes strong holdings in American and European art, American history and biography, and American crafts. The collection consists of more than 180,000 books and periodicals, as well as rare material, original artists' books, auction catalogues, ephemera, scrapbooks, and microforms.


The AA/PG Library is open to public researchers, Smithsonian staff, fellows, and students. The library is a research facility and, with the exception of interlibrary loan items, materials must be used on site. The library participates in interlibrary loan with libraries throughout the world. Contact your neighborhood library for details on how to borrow materials that are unavailable locally. Please note that rare books and special collection items, folios, periodicals, microform, reference, and nonprint materials do not circulate through interlibrary loan.

Online Access

The AA/PG Library catalog is available through the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) and the Smithsonian Collections Search Center. The holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries are also included in OCLC (WorldCat), an international database of library and research collections. Specific information for using AA/PG Library resources can be found on the Using the AA/PG Library page.


Victor Building
750 Ninth Street NW
Suite 2100
Washington DC 20001-4505

Phone: (202) 633-8230
Fax: (202) 633-8232