Centro Library

Library and Archives


Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street in El Barrio
New York, NY 10035


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 *The Library is open to the public from Monday to Friday. The archives is by appointment only.

The Centro Library and Archives is devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the  history and culture of Puerto Ricans. 

Established in 1973 as a component of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, the Centro Library and Archives was dedicated to activist and educator,  Evelina Lopez Antonetty in 1986. The Centro Archives, known as the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, were formally established in 1989.  The collections include books, current and historic newspapers and periodicals, audio, film & video, manuscripts, photographs, art prints, and recorded music. The Library and Archives provides services and programs to the scholarly community as well as the general public. Constituents are diverse and come from the United States and abroad.  The Library and Archives facilitates access to information on its holdings through the City University's online public catalog or CUNY+. It also provides research and information assistance via phone and email. 

For specific information on the Archives, please visit our website: centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/archives-puerto-rican-diaspora 

** The Centro Library and Archives provide access to different sources of information. For more information please refer to question number one at this link:  http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/archives/general/archives-frequently-asked-questions-faq 


Reference Desk: (212) 396- 7874

Archives Contact: (212) 396-7877


6 Train to 116th st. - The train leaves you on Lexington Ave, walk one block to 3rd Ave an then 3 blocks up to 119th st, where we are located

By Car, we are accessible via the FDR drive to 125th st which leaves you by 1st avenue. You drive to 3rd Avenue and 119th st. 

By Bus, there are numerous buses in this area, they include M15, M100, M101, Bx15, M103, M102, M116,