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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 fiction and 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.



Library staff have compiled reading lists for all ages regarding anti-racism, systemic oppression, implicit bias, social justice, and how to be a better ally to people of color. Due to the high demand for many of these titles, the Library is purchasing more copies to reduce wait times.


Children & Teen




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.


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.