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Monday 5/27 CLOSED
Tuesday 5/21 10 AM–6 PM
Wednesday 5/22 10 AM–6 PM
Thursday 5/23 10 AM–6 PM
Friday 5/24 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday 5/25 CLOSED
Sunday 5/26 CLOSED

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.

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.

Spring 2024 Public Programs

An archival black and white photo of a young Black woman. The picture has been resized and a mid-length image. On the left and right side, there is a picture frame.
This photo is contemporaneous with the date of the Lemmon Slave Case.

Photographs and Prints Division

Coming up:
Tuesday, May 21 | 6 PM | Schomburg Center & Online
Celebrating the Enslaved Heroine of the Lemmon Slave Case: A High-water Mark for the New York Courts

View schedule. Plus, watch past programs online.

NYPL Update: Countee Cullen Pop-Up Library at Schomburg

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

Photo: Jonathan Blanc

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!

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Current Exhibitions

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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