515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
917-275-6975
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10 AM–6 PM
Day Date Hours
Monday 6/17 10 AM–6 PM
Tuesday 6/18 10 AM–6 PM
Wednesday 6/19 CLOSED
Thursday 6/20 10 AM–6 PM
Friday 6/21 12 PM–6 PM
Saturday 6/22 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday 6/23 CLOSED

Visit the Schomburg Center

The front doors of the Schomburg Center. The words “Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture'' is written as a metal awning above the front doors.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

To learn about the Center's research divisions, schedule an appointment, or find out about other services, see our resources for researchers. Please note: Division hours may vary.

The Schomburg Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5:45 PM. They sell books, clothing, jewelry, and more created by Black and Brown artists for all ages.

Although there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in spring 2024. Please continue to check this page and the Schomburg Tours page for updates and more information.

Please note: Due to new Library policy, e-bikes, e-scooters, and electronic transportation devices are not permitted inside any NYPL location. This does not apply to mobility aids.

Pride Month | Explore Black LGBTQ+ Activists in our Archives

A black and white photo of Stormé DeLarverié in a suit holding a pipe.

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June is Pride Month. Discover more about the Black LGBTQ+ authors, activists, filmmakers, and performers who paved the way and created history through our collections. Our archives include the personal correspondence of performer and activist Stormé DeLarverié, author James Baldwin, writer Bill Gunn, dancer and singer Ada "Bricktop" Smith, and more. Learn more

Black Music Month | Explore Jazz Through our Collections

Left right: A black and white photo of Sarah Vaughan singing and holding a microphone. Middle: Black and white photo of Nat King Cole trio. Cole is seated in the center in front of a piano. A CBS microphone is in front of him. On right: Sonny Rollins is playing a trumpet.

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June is Black Music Month. It’s a terrific time to learn more about the creators, innovators, and legends in our collections. Their artistry has been foundational to jazz music. 

We hold the papers of musicians Patti Bown, Nat King Cole, Sonny Rollins, and more. Learn more.

Watch | Public Programs from our Winter/Spring 2024 Season

A drawing of 135th Street and Malcolm X Blvd. There is a person seated and reading a book, books in mid-air, people holding books in their hands, and a fire hydrant spraying water. The words Schomburg Center Literary Festival, Jun 15 2024 are on the right side

Artwork: Jonell Joshua

If you missed past public programs such as our 6th Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival, many are available to view online. Learn more

Actress Ernestine McClendon's One-Woman Letter Campaign to Get Black Actors Cast in TV Commercials

Left: A sepia colored headshot of actress and theatrical agent Ernestine McClendon. Right: A still image of actors, including McClendon, performing a scene from the production Alley of the Sunset on stage.

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If you are watching television or streaming a program and seeing Black actors and models in the commercials, much of the credit goes to activist and actress Ernestine McClendon. 

McClendon launched a one-woman crusade to get Black actors cast in television commercials sending 500 letters to casting directors, advertising agencies, and product manufacturers in 1960. She later became one of the first Black theatrical agents, founding the McClendon Agency. Her guidance opened the door for clients including Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons), Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). Learn more

NYPL Update: Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library at Schomburg

Seating at Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library at the Schomburg Center.

Photo: Jonathan Blanc

The Schomburg Center is temporarily offering limited branch library services to accommodate patrons during the renovation of Countee Cullen Library next door. Holds can be picked up in the Landmark Wing of the Schomburg Center’s Exhibition Gallery by selecting “Countee Cullen Pop-Up” as the pickup location. Patrons can also browse books and use laptops and public seating in the gallery. Join us from 11 AM–5:45 PM, Tuesday–Saturday!

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About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Interior view of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over 11 million items that illuminate the richness of global Black history, arts, and culture.

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