Roosevelt Public Library

The Black Heritage Collection

The Black Heritage Collection of the Roosevelt Public Library houses a comprehensive reference and circulating collection of print and non-print materials written about and related to Black Culture. It is a wide range that covers all facets of Black life for adults and young adults on the history and culture of Africans, African Americans and Caribbean Americans.

Other materials examine, describe or depict the experiences of Black people including art, literature, music, sports and politics.

Unique to the collection is a large number of children’s books (biographies, fiction, non-fiction, and reference) housed in the Children’s and Young Adult areas.

Our 25,000 volume collection continues to grow, containing recreational reading as well as resources for study and research. The collection is used by students at all levels of education, parents, teachers, as well as the casual browser. The mission of the Black Heritage Collection is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, cultural, and informational needs of the local African American community in an atmosphere that is welcoming and respectful. We strive to build, strengthen and support our patrons and be a resource for communal outreach.

For further information about the collection and our events, contact
Carol Gilliam, Black Heritage Librarian, cgilliam@rooseveltlibrary.org
or Gregory Miller, gmiller@rooseveltlibrary.org.

The Black Heritage Collection databases

  • The widest-ranging and easiest-to-use online collection on African American life ever assembled, The African American Experience is the definitive electronic research tool for African American history and culture from one of the most respected publishers in the field. Drawing on over 400 volumes, and designed under the guidance of leading librarians, this database gives voice to the black experience from…
  • Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, the completely revised African-American History Online offers a fresh new way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the…

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