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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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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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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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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.


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. ;(


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!


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


Fantastic place to recharge your self.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 !!


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 .


Beat library in AfroAmerican/ African culture.


Incredible experience!


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


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.


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.


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.


Most important library of black culture on the east coast.


Love the events that take place here. First Fridays!



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


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."


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.


Pseudo - historical staff encourages group think.


Not particularly large, but well kept.


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!


It is the center of Great knowledge of the Afrikan Culture


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.


Good library service and interesting public programs.


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 its other branches to encourage learning. All branches deserve this. Wealthy or not.


Great place. Been here before for shows and enjoyed it. However, feels pretty jailed. I understand the importance of the information here at the library but it’s a little uncomfortable


Great Landmark. I think it is a great anchor or starting point for tourists who come to explore Harlem. Its also a backyard gem for locals( I've gone to see exhibits while waiting for scripts at the Hospital).

The renovations were a great update.

Exhibits are well curated and interesting.

Contray to previous reviews staff have been relaxed and helpful.

Bonus the gift store has some amazing books, pins and jewelry at fairly reasonable prices for quality and uniqueness.


The auditorium is awesome. The staff is polite and efficient. I loved their bookstore. This is a very well-run public library that organizes top-notch intellectual events. It is super-easy to get to with public transportation.


---Still one of the best places for African-American historical research. Because of the many contributions of the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance this place feel like an on going shine to Black creativity and intellectualism; I will always visit THE Schomburg when I'm in the city!!!


I wish I could visit in person. I have enjoyed many events via Livestream and have greatly appreciated that service, which makes it accessible to those of us outside NYC.


Nice place to read some interesting and unique stuff. The library was well maintained by the staff and here management was also knowledgeable and expert.The place well maintained and properly cleaned. I like this place and always wanted to visit here.


Nice space. Some public programming. Probably a bit more geared to the academic community.


Great place to relax and do some research. They very strict with everything..from security entrance and even the books.


Great institution to research the black culture & Harlem. Home of Langston Hughes information. This is the library he used. I met great staff who shared their knowledge with me during my time there.


Came here to see what would have been a great concert that I RSVPed for, and received my digital tickets. Arrived to be told that the concert was at capacity, my tickets weren’t valid, and then was promptly kicked out or the building with 15 other people.

Will never see an event here again.


I have always loved the cultural and scholarly presentations that the Schomburg has facilitated in the Harlem Community. This most recent presentation on Zora Neale Hurston was no exception.


I was recently there for a Theater Talks event. It was amazing.


I was invited to this Afro Latino Event for First Fridays and didn't know what to expect. I walked in and they stamped my hand because I pre-purchased tickets. The place was an African American History museum of some sort with an open space for small events. It was so clean and put together. They played Latino music all evening with a DJ and a live band and people were groving.

I went into the museum portion and while it wasn't so big, the history behind it spoke volumes. This was a nice, different atmosphere for me to experience.


This is my favorite library in New York. From the delightful staff, to the incredible cultural programs hosted, and cosy vibe. It’s a home for black history and the resources here are phenomenal!! I could spend days perusing the collection of books.


Security is EXTREMELY RUDE and not at all professional or considerate. I’m disappointed that an institution such as this one hasn’t better trained their people spirit of the law vs. letter of the law. On a below freezing day only 9 minutes before opening they asked myself and my young son to stand out in the freezing cold with winds blowing harshly. I won’t ever go back! “Ya gotta go outside we not open”. Too bad because I would have been happy to show him around and have him experience pieces of his history as part of his daily lesson.


A place that just should be in the target for those who want to know about harlem and new yorks history. Great exposition!

Jamil M.



The preservation of Black Culture and History.

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

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