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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(917) 275-6975

Partially accessible to wheelchairs

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Our Research Divisions have various hours. To see their operating hours, please click here: Research Collections. The exhibition galleries and the gift shop are open Monday—Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

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  • Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience.

  • Located in the heart of Harlem, the Schomburg Center is available for private events.


  • In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

    Documents 400 years of migrations

  • Africana Age The Black World in the 20th Century: challenges, tragedies, and triumphs.

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    Get information about current and past exhibitions at the Schomburg

  • Collections

    Library materials are housed in five collection divisions, according to format

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life—in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 3, 2014
6:30 p.m. Ordinary People: Dear Joe
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. Talks at the Schomburg: The State of Black American Theatres
Friday, November 7, 2014
6 p.m. First Fridays
Monday, November 10, 2014
6:30 p.m. Question Bridge: Tell Your Story!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
6 p.m. Estate and Gift Planning Seminar
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