515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
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Welcome to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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 researchersPlease note: Division hours may vary. 

Explore our exhibitions Been Seen and Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures. Both are open 10 AM—4:30 PM, Monday to Saturday.

Visit the Schomburg Shop to see clothing, jewelry, and books for all ages created by Black and Brown artists. It's open Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM—5 PM.

Though there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in spring 2022. Please continue to check this page and the Schomburg Tours page for updates and more information.

Masks are strongly recommended in the Schomburg Center and all NYPL locations. 

Register for the 4th Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival

An illustration of a young girl reading a book
Artwork: Cropped, "Take A Look...The World is Yours", 2019 by Jennifer Mack-Watkins

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora expands the center's long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. On Saturday, June 18, we will reconvene our community of book lovers and their favorite authors for our annual outdoor literary festival.

Acclaimed authors participating include Jason Reynolds (Stunt Boy, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Patina, Ghost), Roxane Gay (Hunger, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women), journalist Linda Villarosa (Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation) and Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck) and more. Poet Mahogany L. Browne (Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic: A Poem) will open the 135th Street stages with her curated Woke Baby Children’s Festival featuring readings, music, movement, and craft-making.

See our schedule of events. Learn more.

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by Corbin Capital.

June 13—18 | Center Hosting Statue Honoring Playwright Lorraine Hansberry

A head shot of Lorraine Hansberry is on the right. A statue of Lorraine Hansberry who is surrounded by seating such as a stook, office chair, ottoman, and two hardback chairs is on the right side.

The Schomburg Center is hosting the statue, To Sit Awhile, from Monday, June 13—Saturday, June 18. Created by Alison Saar on behalf of The Lillys, the artwork is part of a national tour promoting the life, work, and legacy of the history-making playwright.

The Schomburg Center is home to the Lorraine Hansberry collections. Materials include her journals, photos, unpublished works, and more. Learn more.

Books Picks About Black High Society in the Gilded Age

Two men are seated in chairs. Three women are standing on the left and right side of each male seated.

In HBO's The Gilded Age, the character Peggy Scott is an aspiring writer and the daughter of a successful Black pharmacist who lives in a thriving Black community in Brooklyn. Peggy’s story gives us a glimpse into this lesser known history of America’s Black elite. If the television show has inspired you to learn more about this period, check out these book picks. Learn more.

In the Spotlight

Current Exhibitions

  • Been Seen

    Ongoing
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Highlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910 -1996) and the experiences of Black photographers to illuminate the…
  • Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

    Ongoing
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    The exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and…

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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