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
  • Harambee Room - A 30-square-foot circular shaped room where patrons can go to reflect
  • Ellyn F. Walters Conference Room - 12 seat meeting area
  • Seminar Room - Meeting area for up to 65 people per room
  • Auditorium - 300 seat state-of-the-art auditorium
  • Welcome Desk - Directional information
  • Elevator
  • Restrooms

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
  • Elevator
  • Restrooms

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Related Sites

  • Old Dillard Museum
  • Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park
  • Sistrunk Historical Wall​​​​​