This 60,000-square-foot public library is extraordinary for the quantity and rarity of books on Black history and culture, and books written by Black authors. The auditorium, exhibit areas, dance studios, kitchens, conference rooms, grounds and seminar rooms open up the facility to be a community hub for opportunities, ideas and social interaction. The Special Collections contain upwards of 85,000 items, including rare books, artifacts, artwork, manuscripts and irreplaceable reference material, with a separate reading room where visitors can view collection items upon request. (Appointment suggested)
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center fosters an appreciation of the contributions of persons of African and Caribbean descent. Monday & Wednesday, 12 noon to 8pm. All other days, including Sunday, are 10am to 6pm.