Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY 10037
Fully Accessible
Open today
11 AM–5:45 PM
Regular Hours
Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 AM–5:45 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–5:45 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–5:45 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Photograph of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division

The Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division holds and provides access to books, serials, and microforms containing information by and about people of African descent throughout the world, concentrating on the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Geographically, the collection emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa.


To search this collection, use the NYPL Research Catalog or the NYPL Legacy Catalog (you can limit your search to the Schomburg Center in this catalog).  Collections stored onsite take around 5-10 minutes to be delivered for use in the Reading Room. Some collections are stored offsite and require 2–3 days for delivery. The NYPL Research Catalog now offers an option to request onsite materials in advance of your visit and another option to request a scan, of up to 50 pages, for most of the materials in the division. 

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
Yes, we are open for research and quiet study, and to access the Library's general collections, which include books, periodicals, newspapers, microforms and library databases.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
No appointment is required to access this division. 

Who can researchers contact with further questions? 
For your convenience, fill out this form:  Ask a librarian

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