Announcement

To our visitors, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library and Archives are only open by appointment. Please fill out this form to make an appointment: Make an appointment

Please note that Centro Library and Archives will be closed from July 5th to August 12. During this time, we will be making some much overdue improvements that will help us better serve the community, including: installing new computers; processing new collections to make them available for scholars; investing in professional development for staff; and redesigning our space to make it more accessible to the public.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend to outside requests during this time. We take pride in the work that we do to preserve and honor Puerto Rican culture and history in the diaspora. These changes will help us better serve our patrons and our community.  We look forward to reopening our doors and welcoming you back to a new and improved CENTRO library. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at: centro.library@hunter.cuny.edu
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Library & Archives

The Centro Library and Archives is a treasured place where researchers, academics, teachers, students, genealogists, filmmakers, and the community at large find primary (historical documents) and secondary sources about the history and culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The Digital Collections provide access to photographs, documents, artifacts, art, maps, oral histories, moving image and audio clips, and other digitized or born digital material pertaining to stateside Puerto Ricans.

Library

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.

  • Research Assistance & Orientations
  • Film & Video Lending
  • Historical Newspapers & Journals

Explore Library Resources

Library Catalog

With Hunter College OneSearch you can find books, articles, and other materials in the Centro collection. The advanced search functions allow you to explore subjects and authors and discover the many resources available in our research collection.

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Refworks

Our Refworks lists offer bibliographic information for researchers, students, and the general public. This resource is available to all users, but links to full-text databases are only available on-site or with a CUNY login.

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Historical Journals and Periodicals

Check out our comprehensive collection of rare historical newspapers and journals from Puerto Rico and the United States. Please note that many of these titles are extremely rare and on occasions, only a single issue has been preserved.

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Archives

The Centro Archives are the only archival repository in the United States committed to documenting the Puerto Rican communities living in the United States. Our archives have over 300 collections of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, and writers. We also have the record of many community-based organizations. There is an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to support them.

  • Special Collections
  • Digital Collections
  • Archival Microfilm Collections

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Archival Collections

CENTRO Collections from the 1890s to the present, document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California, and Hawaii. Our largest collection is from the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States

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Digital Collections

CENTRO Digital Collections is an ever-growing resource of material digitized from the Archive's holdings. It provides access to over 32,000 photographs, documents, artifacts, art, maps, oral histories, moving images, audio clips, and other material pertaining to the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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Archive Microfilm Collections

CENTRO Microfilm Collections span from the 18th to the 20th century and are organized into two groups: Part I: Microfilms from Other Archives Part II: Centro Archives Holdings. Follow the links to examine how extensive this important microfilm collection is.

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Services

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.

  • Collecting Policy
  • Conducting Research
  • Digitization and Licensing

Location and Hours

2180 3rd Ave, 1st Floor, Rm. 120 New York, NY 10035

Hours: Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact us at: centro.library@hunter.cuny.edu or call us: 212-396-7874