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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 researchers. Please note: Division hours may vary.

On May 3 starting at 8:30 AM, we are hosting the first of a two-day conference that extends the call for increased historical research on slavery in the Atlantic World. Produced by the Lapidus Center at the Schomburg Center in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and the New Netherland Institute. Register.

If you are a rising college senior interested in pursuing a PhD in African American, African, or African Diaspora Studies, consider applying to our Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute. The program will run from Monday, June 17–Friday, July 19, 2024. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 24. 

Explore our opening of our newest in-person exhibition, The Ways of Langston Hughes: Griff Davis and Black Artists in the Making. It runs through Monday, July 8.

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.

National Poetry Month | Watch! Maya Angelou’s Historic Press Conference Announcing the Acquisition of her Collection

On the left is a close up photo of poet Maya Angelou. On the right, Maya Angelou (seated) is in a picture with then Schomburg Center Director Dr. Howard Dodson, then NYPL President Paul LeClerc plus NYPL and Schomburg Center leaders.

Photos: Terrence Jennings

In 2010, we acquired the collection of award-winning poet Maya Angelou. Dr. Howard Dodson, then director of the Schomburg Center, and Dr. Paul LeClerc, then president of The New York Public Library, led the press conference announcing the acquisition. Angelou addressed the audience and took questions from the media. 

As we mark National Poetry Month, Angelou’s birthday on April 4, and the 10th anniversary of her passing this year, revisit that historic day. Discover what she said about being a part of the Center’s archives, her friends—author James Baldwin and human rights activist Malcolm X—, and her love of libraries. Learn more

Winter/Spring 2024 Public Programs

A colorful animation of a young adult holding a pencil and drawing in on the right side. On the left side, there are four young adults dressed in colorful clothing and holding microphones. On the lower right-hand corner, are the words 12th annual Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival on a black background.

Artwork: Blossom Blair

Coming up:
Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 | Schomburg Center
12th Annual Black Comic Book Festival 

Thursday, May 2 | 6:30 PM | Online
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Educational Injustice & the Struggle for Liberatory Education

Friday, May 3 | 8:30 AM | Schomburg Center 
Slavery in the New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic World, Day 1 View schedule.

NYPL Update: Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library at Schomburg

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

Photo: Jonathan Blanc

The Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library will pause briefly from Monday, April 15–Wednesday, May 1 for renovation and our 12th annual Black Comic Book Festival. 

Where possible, patrons may go to our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division for assistance or to the George Bruce Branch Library at 518 West 125th Street.

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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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