FEDLINK Orientation to Federal Libraries
and Information Centers Series:

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden Library

At the center of research across the Smithsonian are the specialized branches and librarians of the Smithsonian Libraries. The collections and staff of the Libraries play a key role in helping the Smithsonian’s research and curatorial staff make sense of the museums’ almost innumerable, often unique, objects with their cultural and historical contexts. The Smithsonian Libraries are a hidden national treasure, where experts come to test and expand knowledge and where America and the world can turn for authentic answers.


The Hirshhorn Museum Library, founded in 1969 as part of Joseph Hirshhorn’s collection, is one branch of Smithsonian Libraries’ network of 21 specialized libraries and 9 research centers. Although physically small, it holds a world class collection devoted to modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, video, film and emerging art forms. The library has books, exhibition catalogues, serials, and ephemeral material from 1880 to the present, with an emphasis on artists in the Hirshhorn’s collection and on artists featured in the exhibition program. During the FEDLINK tour, we will show off highlights from our monographic and ephemeral special collections.


October 19, 2017


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(Please plan to arrive by 

1:45 pm)


The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Library is located on the National Mall at the corner of 7th St., SW & Independence Ave. 

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station (Green, Yellow, Orange, and Blue lines). Use the Maryland Avenue & 7th Street SW exit. Walk one block north to the corner of 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue.  Upon entrance to the museum there is a bag inspection. The group should meet in the Hirshhorn lobby near the elevator. A library staff member will meet you and escort you to the library. Latecomers should call the library at (202) 633-2776 in order to be retrieved from 

the lobby.


Call FEDLINK (202) 707-4813 TTY (202) 707-4995 Request ADA Accommodations five business days in advance at [log in to unmask].


Free, but advanced registration is required. Limited to 20 attendees.


Please notify FEDLINK at (202) 707-4813 if you cannot attend to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.