Smithsonian Tropical Research Insititute Library in Panama City, by Hofmeister, Richard K, 1983, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, The new library for tropical sciences at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, is dedicated on April 7, 1983. In addition to STRI's permanent scientific staff, hundreds of researchers and pre- and postdoctoral students from around the world come to Panama to take advantage of its unique ecological location and the Smithsonian facilities..