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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.

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.

PUMA North America and Schomburg Center Announce Multi-Year Collaboration to Enrich Communities

A collage of four photographs showing PUMA North America and Schomburg Center designed shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and sneakers.

Global sports brand PUMA and the Schomburg Center recently announced a multi-year collaboration which includes a collection inspired by the Schomburg Center that dropped on February 19. The theme, "Deeply Rooted," pays homage to the Center's nearly 100-year legacy as a research library and the co-branded collection blends classic PUMA styles inspired by art objects from the Schomburg Center's expansive collection. Learn more.

Black History Month | Explore Archival Magazines, Newspapers & TV Programs

Against a brown/orange background, the words, “Explore Archial Black Magazines, Newspapers and TV Programs.

Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to look back at milestones in our history, discover the people and moments that captured everyone’s collective imaginations, and read about news events of the day from the perspective of Black journalists. 

From past issues of Ebony magazine and television programs such as Positively Black to newspapers across the African diaspora, explore our collections and NYPL’s databases to discover print and video stories covering news, entertainment, lifestyle, politics, sports, and more. Learn more.

NYPL Update: Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library at Schomburg

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

The Schomburg Center is temporarily offering limited branch library services to accommodate patrons during the renovation of Countee Cullen Library next door. Holds can be picked up in the Landmark Wing of the Schomburg Center’s Exhibition Gallery by selecting “Countee Cullen Pop-Up” as the pickup location. Patrons can also browse books and use laptops and public seating in the gallery. Join us from 11 AM–5:45 PM, Tuesday–Saturday! 

Winter/Spring 2024 Public Programs

Against a black background with white smoke, the words Women's Jazz Festival 2024. The dates March 4, 18, and 25 are listed.

Coming up:
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
African Film Festival | Screening: Things Fall Apart

Monday, March 4 | 7 PM | Schomburg Center
Women's Jazz Festival 2024 | Opening: The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni

Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Women, Freedom Making & the Long 1960s
View full schedule.

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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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