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African-American Research Library & Cultural Center
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Building Bridges and Beyond

AARLCC Site PlanThe 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.

AARLCC 1st Floor Plan

First Floor Plan/Legend

The legend will indicate service areas using the letters of the alphabet:

(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.

AARLCC 2nd Floor Plan

 

Second Floor Plan/Legend

(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: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Collections
Monday, Wednesday: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: By Appointment

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

Adinkra


The Adinkra symbol of the Ashanti people of Ghana represents humility, strength, wisdom and learning.

 

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard (N.W. 6th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
954-357-6282

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