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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.


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.

February’s Picks

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman by Malidoma Patrice Some

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.


What to Watch for Black History Month


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.