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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.

The Schomburg Shop sells clothing, jewelry, books, and more for all ages. Items are created by Black and Brown artists. The Shop is 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 spring 2023. 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. 

What’s On | See our December Program Schedule

Sonny Rollins is standing in the foreground of the photo playing the saxophone. In the background is drummer Art Blakey and double bass player Tommy Potter.

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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. Acclaimed saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis will perform. A book signing follows the program.

“Player for player, there’s no better working band in jazz” (The Boston Globe). On Monday, December 12 at 7 PM, join us for an evening of music with Carnegie Hall Citywide and the legendary jazz supergroup, The Cookers. Learn more.

The Top 2s of 2022 | Most Viewed Blogs, LibGuides & Public Programs

A black & white photo of Arturo Schomburg sitting in a chair. In the top middle, 2 men are seated and 3 women are standing in a photo of W.E. B. Du Bois and the Fisk University class of 1888. On top right, an illustration of writer Jarena Lee. On the bottom left, a photo of  Dr. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò & Dr. Robin D.G. Kelly sitting in chairs onstage at the Schomburg Center.  An interior photo of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division in middle bottom.

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Curious about which Schomburg Center blog posts, online programs, and research guides were the most-viewed of 2022? The list includes book picks inspired by a popular television show, a conversation about historic court records thought lost for nearly two centuries, and a research guide—also known as a LibGuide—highlighting some of the most prolific Black women writers of the 19th century.

As the year comes to a close, explore the top two of 2022 in each category. Learn more.

Lapidus Center | Apply for Fellowships & Submit Entries for 2023 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

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-term fellowships. Researchers 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

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    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…

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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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