About the Centro Library and Archives

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives is the largest repository of primary and secondary source materials and collections about Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Centro Library provides access to over 14,000 books, 2,550 dissertations and masters theses, over 500 titles of historical newspapers and periodicals on 3,700 reels of microfilm, 600 audio recordings, 514 videos and DVD’s containing information by and about Puerto Ricans, and 21.3 linear feet of Vertical Files encompassing a variety of subjects.

A major strength of the Library collection is the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States, particularly in New York and the Northeast region, and also in all the areas of the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. The library, although dedicated to the Puerto Rican experience, also acquires selected materials related to other Latino communities in the United States. 


Location & Hours:

Library and Archives Access Policy

The Centro Library and Archives is open to the general public. We are located on the First Floor of the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work Building (2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street in El Barrio). Users wishing to enter the Centro Library and Archives must bring a photo ID and check-in at the Visitor’s Center. CUNY staff and students should use their CUNY identification when visiting our facility. 
The Centro Library and Archives collection is non-circulating; however, limited loans of audiovisual holdings are available to educators.
The Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work

2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, 1st Floor, Room 120
New York, NY 10035

Hours: Monday  – Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Library Resources:

Research Assistance & Orientations:
Library and Archives staff provide individual assistance and group orientations about our collections and services in-person, via e-mail, and over the phone (212) 396-7874.

Research Resources:
Library collection - Over 14,000 volumes dedicated to Puerto Rican studies.
Microfilm collection - Over 3,000 reels of microfilm containing archival materials, newspapers, and other periodicals including issues of La Prensa dating back to 1917.
Our Online Public Access catalog allows users to search Centro’s Puerto Rican studies library as well as other CUNY resources.
Multi-Disciplinary Databases - Onsite access to a multitude of databases in the CUNY system including CONUCO (Index of Puerto Rican serial publications) and the HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index).
Library and Archives Services:
Computer terminals.
Public access to Wi-Fi.
Audio video terminal – VHS and DVD decks for viewing Centro’s AV holdings.
Microfilm Scanners – Visitors can save images from microfilm to external USB storage devices.
Photocopier - $.10 for Hunter College Students, faculty, staff, and $.20 for non-Hunter visitors.

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