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African American Resource Collection

The AARC serves the informational, educational, and cultural needs of African Americans and the larger New Orleans community. The AARC’s focus is to cultivate a rich collection of reference and circulating non-fiction materials related to digital, financial, and health literacy and Black culture, throughout the New Orleans Public Library system. The AARC facilitates community engagement and promotes community wellness through cultural awareness programs, outreach, and community partnerships. 

Our goal is to REACH New Orleans through Resources, Equity and Inclusion, AARC, Community, and Help.


Noname Book Club

Discover this month’s reads from AARC and NOPL partner Noname Book Club.

September’s Picks

October’s Pick

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts

Solitary: Unbroken by four decades in solitary confinement. My story of transformation and hope by Albert Woodfox

All 2022 Reads from Noname Book Club

Equity and Inclusion

As outlined in our Equity Statement, the Library is committed to providing equitable access to our resources and cultivating an equitable environment for both Library users and staff. The Library unequivocally condemns acts of racism, hatred, and violence, and stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans released by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.


Black History Month 2022 Virtual Celebration

What Do I Read for Black History Month?

Black History Under the Kanopy


We partner with the following community organizations:


The AARC librarian provides phone and email reference as well as in person reference for patrons, schools and community organizations. Please contact Shukrani Gray, African American Resource Equity and Inclusion Librarian, at

Additional resources and program information will be regularly added to this page.