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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—5:30 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—5:45 PM.

Though there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in fall 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. 

Puerto Rican Heritage Month | Learn More about Our Founder Arturo Schomburg

A headshot of Arturo Schomburg seated in a chair.

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November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month. It's also a terrific opportunity to learn more about our founder and namesake, Arturo Schomburg (1874–1938). He is of Black and Puerto Rican descent. Explore our research guide to learn about Mr. Schomburg’s life, activism, writings, and collections. Learn more.

Hip Hop History Month | Explore Materials in the Center’s Collections

Ralph McDaniels (left) and Rakim (right) are seated onstage at the Schomburg Center.

Photo: Bob Gore

November is Hip Hop History Month. Celebrate the music and culture that’s changed the world! Discover some of the materials in our collections that amplify the legacy of hip hop and its legends. Learn more.

What’s On | See our Fall 2022 Program Schedule

Head shots of Ella Baker, Ghofrane, and Daphne Wilco.

Images from the featured films at African Diaspora International Film Festival: Portraits of Women Leaders, (l-r) Ella Baker, Ghofrane, and Daphne Wilco.

Join us for the African Diaspora International Film Festival on Tuesday, November 29, starting at 1 PM. See films documenting how women of African descent from around the world have risen in society and influenced politics and political movements. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Schomburg Society invites you to celebrate the launch of the biography Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins by scholar Aidan Levy on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 PM. Levy will be joined by musician James Brandon Lewis. A book signing follows the program.

See our public programs schedule.

Online Applications Available | Apply to our Fellowship Programs & Submit Entries for Harriet Tubman Prize

A researcher is reading paper materials inside a manila folder while seated at a table. There are two glass cabinets containing small sculptures and busts behind the researcher. Below the cabinets are a shelf with more small busts.

Photo: Lisa Herndon

Scholars-In Residence
If you are a postdoctoral scholar, independent researcher, or creative writer who is interested in studying at the Schomburg Center, consider applying to our Scholars-in-Residence Program. The deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022. Learn more.

Lapidus Center
The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2023 Harriet Tubman Prize. The prize awards $7,500 to the best nonfiction book published in the U.S. on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. The postmark deadline for nominating titles is Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Plus, the online applications are open to apply for short and long-terms fellowships with the Lapidus Center. Researchers who are studying the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World are eligible to apply. The deadline is Monday, January 9, 2023. Learn more.

In the Spotlight

Current Exhibitions

  • 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…
  • 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…

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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