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Visit the Schomburg Center
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.
Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 11:30 AM for our fifth annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival.
Our newest exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, which explores the impact of the U.S. prison system on contemporary visual art, is open through Monday, December 4. There are free guided tours on June 12, June 26, July 10, and July 24 at 11 AM and 12:30 PM. Tickets are limited. Reservations are recommended.
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 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—6 PM.
Though there are no guided tours at this time, we are working diligently to restore this key service to visitors in summer 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.
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.
What’s On | Schomburg Center Literary Festival
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky), Magogodi oaMphela Makhene (Innards), and Claude Johnson (Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball's Forgotten Era) have been added to the expanding lineup of authors speaking at our fifth annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival on June 17.
Writer and cultural critic Sarah Ladipo Manyika is this year's keynote speaker and CEO of MoviePass Stacy Spikes closes the festival. There will be workshops hosted by the Harlem Writers Guild and The Moth. The Woke Baby! Festival returns for young readers.
Plus, explore our new outdoor banner exhibition Beloved: African-American Portraits from the Dawn of Photography at St. Nicholas Park in Harlem. See more.
Pride Month | Watch 4 Powerful Online Programs from our Livestream Archive
Our online archive of public programs includes conversations about some of the LGBTQ+ champions who have been on the front lines fighting for social and legal justice.
June is a terrific opportunity to learn more and watch powerful conversations about warriors for equality such as writer James Baldwin, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, writer Audrey Lorde, and legal strategist Pauli Murray. They used the power of the written word to spark meaningful discussions, create safer spaces, and help advance the civil rights of all. See more.
Black Music Month | An In-Depth Look at Chevalier de Saint-Georges, 1st Known Composer of African Descent
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George (1745–1799) is the first known music composer of African descent. He influenced fellow composers of his day such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and inspired authors including Alexandre Dumas.
Our in-person and online collection materials highlight the activism, bravery, genius, and magnificence of a multi-talented man who broke the color barrier for Black composers, advanced the art form, and was almost erased by history. See more.
Caribbean American Heritage Month | Explore the Collections of Harry Belafonte
Actor, producer, and singer Harry Belafonte (1927–2023), born to immigrant parents from Martinique and Jamaica, used his art as a platform to advocate for civil rights in the U.S. and end apartheid in South Africa.
We are home to the collections of Mr. Belafonte. Schedule a research appointment to view his writings, personal photos, and more. Learn more about the materials in our collections.
In the Spotlight
Apply Now | Online Applications Open for Junior Scholars Program
Online applications are open for the Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program, a free Saturday in-person program taking place during the academic year. Youth from 5th through 12th grades are eligible to participate. Priority will be given to applications submitted by July 28. The deadline is August 28.
Books, Photos & Writings of Arturo Schomburg Featured in Exhibition at The Met Through July 16
The writings, books, and photos of our founder Arturo Schomburg are featured in the exhibition Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter at The Met through July 16. Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés (Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Schomburg) co-curated. She discusses why Mr. Schomburg’s material were invaluable resources.
Explore Past Schomburg Center Exhibitions and Multimedia Projects
If you missed past in person exhibitions such as Been Seen, Boundless, or Traveling While Black, you can see them online. Plus, view past multimedia projects produced by students in our Junior Scholars Program such as 'Til We Free and By Any Means Necessary.
Hosting an event? Consider our Langton Hughes Auditorium, Langston Hughes Lobby, American Negro Theatre, or Schomburg Courtyard. Learn more about these spaces.
Get Updates from the Schomburg Center
Sign up for our bi-monthly e-newsletter, Schomburg Connection. Get updates and information on our upcoming programs, exhibitions, research guides, blogs, and more!
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The Schomburg Shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 6 PM for in-person shopping. Or, you can shop online.
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In the News
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Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass IncarcerationThrough December 4, 2023Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration explores the impact of the US prison system on contemporary visual art.…
Pre-Lit Fest 2023: Black Writers at WorkMonday, June 12 | 6:30 PM
Pre-Lit Fest 2023: Henry Threadgill in Conversation with Yusef KomunyakaaWednesday, June 14 | 6 PM
Schomburg Center Literary Festival 2023Saturday, June 17 | 11:30 AM
About 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.Learn more about this location Learn about capital construction projects at this location