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Introducing the REACH Center: A New Community Initiative from the New Orleans Public Library

The Library is gearing up to open a new multi-use community center in the 7th Ward, a historically Black neighborhood, as an extension of the AARC.

The REACH Center will feature a community event and resource center, free coworking space, and public art gallery, located in the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Resource Center at 2022 St. Bernard Avenue. Guided by a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion, the REACH Center aims to be a thriving community center that empowers individuals and businesses to reach their full potential. 

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.


Featured e-Resource: HistoryMakers

A digital archive of African American oral histories that enlightens, entertains, and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Remember! Celebrate! Act! Review MLK Lesson Plan.

Noname Book Club

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

December’s Picks:

Seven Days in June
by Tia Williams

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself
by Nedra Glover Tawwab


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.


What to Watch for Black History Month


Find our books in the community! We stock Little Free Libraries throughout the city at the below partner organizations:
  • Low-Barrier Shelter: 1530 Gravier St
  • Back-A-Town Coffee Shop: 301 Basin St Suite 1
  • Crazy Plant Bae: 716 N. Claiborne Ave
  • I-tal Garden: 810 N. Claiborne Ave
  • Glorias Grocery: 1800 Conti St
  • Odyssey House: 2700 S Broad St
  • Froot Orleans: 2438 Bell St
This program is made possible with support from the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.


We also 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, African American Resource Equity and Inclusion Librarian, at

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