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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Landmarks & Historical Sites, Public Services & Government, Libraries

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.

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Shana M

8/8/2014

Great place to visit if you're looking to learn more about African American history! Carve out 2-3 hours to look around and take in a wealth of information.

Chanel B

8/8/2014

Great place to visit to learn more about African American history. They have a numerous amount of interesting programs with panels expressing intellectual dialect, debate and information.

Nichel B

8/8/2014

I go to this place whenever they have panel events and movie screenings. The events are great, usually free and very informative. The place is kept clean and organized, there is a small art exhibit to look through while waiting for an event to start. The location is also very convenient since its right next to the train station.

Jared T

8/8/2014

Special exhibition on Motown music right now, tracing the cultural developments in the music of African americans

Amber K

8/8/2014

This place is astonishing. An immaculate building in the heart of a gorgeous neighborhood... I kind of want to move here. I was recently here for the first time for a lecture with Baratunde Thurston and upon hearing about the other speakers that frequent this place, I've gotta come back and often. Part library/part museum, I could stand around staring at the beautiful art pieces. And it's not impersonal like many other libraries: you can tell by the setup that the venue is meant for social events. This is definitely not your average musty, dusty library!

Denise G

10/19/2014

My experience was great. I was able to find a case involving a family member. I was

rather young and wanted to know the details. It was a rewarding experience.

kricketbx

11/21/2014

The Schomburg could do more to support the local artist in the area. It amazes me, that we are always late to appreciate what's right in front of us. If you have a press kit, which displays, what you've done in the community, newspaper articles, reputable events, that should be enough to support the fact that you are an asset to the community-therefore, you have the right to display your life works at such an historical venue-such as the Schomburg. But, they are NOT for the people of the community. I have heard countless stories from artist who try relentlessly to have their work displayed at the schomburg simply to be turned away. Tired of seeing my local artist go to Europe for appreciation. ;(

Karla R

11/21/2014

Always innovative and relevant, the Schomburg has amazing programming and exhibits. I wish more people knew about this gem in Harlem, it's a must visit when you're in NYC. Not just because of the invaluable history you learn, but because it feeds your intellectual curiosity with their different film screenings, workshops, panels, etc. Special shout out to the Education staff doing such important work!

Erick W

3/27/2015

There is no place I enjoy spending time learning than the Schomburg

Malaika H

8/4/2015

Fantastic place to recharge your self.

Kumbeleze M

8/4/2015

It's holds much need info compared to many likewise research libraries around the global.

But the front security guards are very bias to their own pipo of color, compare to how they treat the while pipo. I watched them on many different days/weeks. They r the face of the entire business/library, hence, they need to be educated on how the need to conduct their duties w respect to all Races, while the do their job. Arrogance isn't part of a welcoming face.

Brandon Z

2/11/2016

Amazing spot! Been to a couple events here and got to check out the rest of the collection. The gift shop has some really great books you can't find in major stores as well.

Nina M

3/16/2016

Great for research and programs on African American culture and history.

Devonta W

5/18/2016

The Schomburg has become once of the leading institutions in African American culture being preserved. Check it out and get involved.

They host great events month ranging from black comic book fairs to hip-hop Fridays.

Tomekia J

10/31/2016

I personally Always had a Great experience, i love that i was able to bring my Grandkids there & my Consumers.

I Love it !!

God Bless Schonburg Center !!

Aldo L

10/31/2016

Excellent center for research on the african diaspora...great exhibits and events. Obligatory visit if in NYC. It's collections are outstanding and it's reading room a pleasure. Staff very helpful. Part of NYPL .

James R

12/1/2016

Beat library in AfroAmerican/ African culture.

Bathsheba B

12/1/2016

Incredible experience!

E S

1/4/2017

Years prior I spent great days downstairs reading about myself and who I was and came from. Very good library.

Mark M

2/4/2017

Great place to learn about the history of Black Culture. Currently undergoing renovations so a lot of the collection's not available on display but still worth visiting.

Dallas P

4/6/2017

Teach your security about the constitution. Taking a photo from the sidewalk, not on your property is not illegal and initiating a confrontation at a civil rights iconic location is bizarre, even with the public advocates representative telling the guard photography from that location is lawful.

Sassan A

4/6/2017

I love this place and visit it every time I'm in NY. Its library and reading room are public and it's a great place to indulge in some literature or simply read the news. Their bookshop is great.

Harold W

4/6/2017

Most important library of black culture on the east coast.

Johnny G

5/10/2017

Love the events that take place here. First Fridays!

FAITHFUL S

5/10/2017

LORD JESUS CHRIST THANK YOU.

This place is great for research on Black Herstory, yes I know it's spelled differently but I'm a woman so that's the way I spell it. Thanks

Cherishe C

8/17/2017

The Schomburg is a wonderful place with exhibits that provide history of people of African Descent. There are amazing images and paintings which decorate the walls , but also draw the visitor in and force them to recognize the parts of the past they may not have been aware of. I was lucky enough to attend a workshop at this center where the students were given a tour of the facility, as well as presented with the opportunity to examine some historical documents and objects from the archives. All in all this experience was very enlightening and I would suggest that anyone interested in the history of people of African descent, and their contributions to the world we live in take a trip to this center. P.S. be careful of how you conduct yourself within the facility . My classmates and I were confronted by older woman who told us that we weren't behaving appropriately , and that we should "have fun but not too much fun."

Tiauana C

11/20/2017

What can I say? The Schomburg is a historic masterpiece. I've visited this place many times over, and each time my experience is far greater then the next. Last week, I had the honor of attending an event to hear Nikki Giovanni share her profound work and story. She was very humorous and yet detailed about her interactions with the great Maya Angelou, and James Baldwin, just name a few. I hear she makes a mean rack of lamb. LOL! The staff at the Schomburg were very professional and pleasant. The priceless treasure holds the history of a people who's experience on the shores of America is one the most tragic and yet found stories. I'd advise anyone who cam to visit, donate and or become a member as I plan to do. So generations to come, can benefit from this living legacy.

Nefer K

11/20/2017

Pseudo - historical staff encourages group think.

Lorenzo G

12/20/2017

Not particularly large, but well kept.

Jon Y

7/25/2018

Wonderful place, great Black Power exhibit. Leaving a two star review because we were rudely pushed out by staff 10 min before the stated closing time because “we want to be out of here at 6.” But you should get there earlier and check out the amazing exhibits!

Cyril J

8/27/2018

It is the center of Great knowledge of the Afrikan Culture

Meseka H

10/27/2018

This research center needs more improvement is customer service. I have been going their every Saturday with my same purse and jacket that's equivalent to a shirt. I was rudely approached and prevented from going downstairs. I explained to the old female security guard that she allows me in every week with my purse and that my shirt jacket I bought with me because I was ill and cold. She pointed to the sign. I requested a Supervisor who was so rude and unprofessional. She said go home and get a sweater or don't come here. That's it I'm not going to go back and forth with you. I will never give another contribution to this place and will inform anyone else not too. I deserve an apology as medical conditions should be accommodated in any environment with good reason.

Alice A

10/27/2018

Good library service and interesting public programs.

Marybeth T

11/28/2018

What a disappointment! The New York Public Library is one of the city's greatest Civic institutions. Having frequented many other branches, albeit in more affluent neighborhoods, the library experience here at the Schomburg center is completely different. Here at this branch you are accosted by security as if one's presence in the library is questioned rather than welcomed. Unlike the other branches, it feels more disciplinary, controlled, and unwelcoming. Why is that? I am disappointed at the New York Public Library system does not offer the same Stellar service and welcoming spirit as it's other branches to encourage learning. All branches deserve this. Wealthy or not.

Jamil M.

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3/2/2018

The preservation of Black Culture and History.

This institution presents and host so many special events catered to African American Culture. It's an...read this and 30 more

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