African American Resource Center, LA County Library

Contact Information

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Address
150 E. El Segundo Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90061
Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday closed
Contact
Ms. Rose Mitchell
Librarian
310-538-0059
brc@library.lacounty.gov
Website

33.9164223, -118.2750545

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
No
Onsite technology available
Yes
Catalog System
The Dewey Decimal system is used for cataloged records. For those holdings not cataloged, computer generated listings and index cards are used.
Repository
No
Access procedures

Open stacks - library access

Management

Archive / Collection information

The Black Resource Center (BRC) was founded in 1978 as a special service of the County of Los Angeles Public Library to meet the informational, cultural, and educational needs of African Americans in Los Angeles County, by supporting research and study on social, historical and cultural aspects unique to the African Americans experience. The Center serves as an information and referral agency to other libraries, government agencies and the general public. It is an important link in the survival and preservation of the heritage of African Americans. The collection consists of books, periodicals, pamphlets, microform, videos/DVDs, audio-recordings, posters, and 16mm films. Preservation is a major concern of the Center. The collection includes microfilm of Black newspapers from 1899, and issues of the Los Angeles Sentinel from its inception in 1934 to the present. A core collection of books by and about black music and musicians was initiated in 1982, and is continuously maintained as new books become available. The Center provides reference assistance, subject bibliographies, and referral information regarding community resources and public agencies. The Center also presents programs with local authors and entertainers. The Center participates in local community activities such as job fairs, career days, and health fairs. The materials collection and other activities of the Resource Center are supported by funds from the County of Los Angeles Public Library and donations from private donors.

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