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The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library

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The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library houses a growing collection of materials encompassing cultures of the African Diaspora throughout the world.

The purpose of the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library is to revitalize the concept of total education, providing current and/or historical information that presents a truer essence of the African-American Experience as it related to Africa and America.

The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library houses a growing collection of materials encompassing cultures of the African Diaspora throughout the world. The services include:

  • Audio-visual capabilities
  • 148 videos on Africans in the Diaspora
  • Over 6,800 books, including children's titles Over 770 reference books
  • Periodicals: 10 newspaper subscriptions, 43 journals and magazine
  • Microfilm: 200 reels on Black culture, 11 reels on slave narratives, 4 newspapers
  • Microfilm reader with printer
  • 17 different journals and magazines on microfiche
  • Access to a special library collection on Africans in the Diaspora
  • 6 computers with Internet access and word processing

A quiet place to study and conduct research, the library is open to the community, however, only Northeastern University students, faculty, or staff are permitted to check out books.

The Library also has counseling/tutoring rooms, study areas, an archives area and space for lectures and offers programs in areas of interest to students, faculty, staff and the Boston community.

The Library is a part of the Northeastern University Library System (NULIS), the Boston Consortium, and NELINET (an online search service).

To search for an item in the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute Library collection, please click here and select "AAI Library."

Additional materials may be available in other Northeastern University libraries. The following abbreviations identify the location of the material:

AI - African-American Institute Library

SL - Snell Library

BUR - Burlington Library

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