African American Center - 3rd Floor

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The Library will be closed Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Established in 1996, the African American Center at the San Francisco Public Library welcomes students, researchers, and anyone interested in learning more about the historical, political, and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials that span a range of subject areas, including religion, slavery, civil rights, racial identity, art, military, and current events, the Center also partners with other library departments and community organizations to sponsor exhibits and programs that are free to the public.

Collections and Services Available

New Titles

See the full New Titles: African American Center list

Featured African American Center Staff Picks

See the full Muhammad Ali list

Additional Resources

Upcoming Events

Letters to Prisoners Workshop
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 pm
Main Library, Learning Studio
Great Books Discussion Group
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 5:30 pm
Main Library, Sycip Room - Floor 4
Film: Southside with You (2016)
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 1:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Current Exhibits

Envisioning the Classics with Color
Through Thursday, March 2, 2017
Main Library, African American Center
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