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The Black heritage Reference Center of Queens County

Langston Hughes Library houses New York City's largest circulating Black Heritage reading collection, and a special collection of works by Langston Hughes. Since opening day, the library has hosted such luminaries as historian John Henrik Clarke, poet Nikki Giovanni, educator Betty Shabazz, artist Tom Feelings, actor Paul Robeson and author Walter Mosley. 


The Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens serves Queens County with a comprehensive reference and circulating collection, totaling approximately 40,000 volumes of materials written about and related to Black culture. Emphasis is given to those geographic areas where African-Americans have lived in significant numbers, including West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. Special features of the Black Heritage Center include an extensive microfiche collection of periodicals, black newspapers, Schomburg clipping file, Black Slave narratives, typescripts, broadsides, pamphlets, programs, book reviews, menus and diverse assortment of ephemera of all kinds, more than 1,000 volumes of doctoral and master dissertations concerning Africans and African-Americans in the Diaspora.  


The Black Heritage Reference Center offers literature readings, workshops and lectures, as well as cultural arts programming and  fine art exhibitions, film festivals, dance, musical, and dramatic presentations/ performances. Annual Literary Arts Festival will be celebrating its 11th year, November 2, 2019. New this year, “Curator’s Choice”, a weekly film series screening Black culture films from the archive.  


Contact the Center

The Black Heritage Reference Center provides information and answers reference questions, class visits and additional requests.


Please contact: Christine Zarett Curator, 

Black Heritage Reference Center 

718-651-7116 (phone)

christine.zarett@queenslibrary.org or for more information click below: