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

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
Ellyn F. Walters 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

Circulation Services – 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 to 6PM

Special Collections
Same as above, appointments preferred

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​​​​​