Self-Guided Tour

​​Building Bridges and Beyond

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) provides our community with the vast resources necessary to educate this generation and future generations about the rich and colorful African, African-American and Caribbean heritages, cultures and histories.

This 60,000-square-foot facility, built in the heart of one of Broward’s historically black communities, is the third of its kind in the nation to house extensive collections related to this unique blend of cultures. It is the sixth largest branch library of the Broward County Libraries Division, a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The library houses more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts and documents. In addition to these resources, it features permanent and traveling exhibits, a 300-seat state-of-the-art auditorium and a computer training lab.

First Floor Plan

(a) Gift Shop

(b) Exhibit Area

(c) Harrambe Room

(d) Ellyn F. Walters Conference Room

(e) Elevator

(f)  Seminar Rooms

(g) Auditorium

(h) Welcome Desk

(r)  Restrooms


First Floor

Gift Shop sells Afrocentric merchandise

Exhibit Area - Features local, state, national and international collections with built-in show-cases

Harrambe Rooms - A 30-square-foot circular shaped room where patrons can go to reflect

Conference Room - 12 seat meeting area

Seminar Rooms - Meeting area for up to 65 people per room

Auditorium - 300 seat state-of-the-art auditorium

Welcome Desk - Directional information

​Second Floor Plan

(e)   Elevator

(r)    Restrooms

(t)    Circulation Services

(sp) Special Collections

(m) Magazines/Newspapers

(y)   Youth Services

(u)   Adult Services

(v)   Community Technology Center


Second Floor

Circulation – Apply for library cards and check out materials

Special Collections – Research materials, mono-graphs, artwork, music and more. Available by appointment only

Magazines/Newspapers – Current and popular reading materials

Youth Services – Programs, reference services, information and volunteer opportunities for teens and children

Adult Services – Provides information, programs and readers advisory

Community Technology Center – Computers for public use and hands-on training

Small Business Resource Center

Literacy Learning Services

Operating Hours
Monday, Wednesday: Noon to 8PM
Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday: 10AM-6PM

Special Collections
Same as above, except Fridays are by appointment only

Materials Available
Books • Videos • DVDs • CDs • Special Collections • CD-ROMs

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (NW 6th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

Related Sites: 
Old Dillard Museum 
Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park 
Sistrunk Historical Wall​