Reference & Research Division

The Reference and Research Division provides access to resources in many formats to support the information needs of scholars and the general public in the area of Africana Studies. The Division selectively collects information on people of African descent in Atlanta, the state of Georgia, the southeast, the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. Materials are collected in English, primarily, but includes other major colonizing languages, as well as selected African indigeneous languages as available.


The Auburn Avenue Research Library provides limited physical access to its rich collection of books, microforms, media, journals and newspapers. To access research materials patrons use the online catalog to locate material, complete a call slip and present it to desk staff. The item is retrieved by library staff and delivered to the researcher for in-library use only.


The Reference and Research collection includes an impressive list of Africana resources that provide unlimited access to full-text articles from current and
past issues of scholarly Africana journals, popular African American magazines and international African journals to in-library users. Selected online databases are available remotely with a valid Atlanta-Fulton Public Library card.


The Auburn Avenue Research Library adheres to a non-circulation policy therefore it does not participate in Inter-Library Loan programs. The Research Library does not participate in circulation activities such as holds, transfers or the circulation of material from the other Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries.


Collection Strengths
• African, African American and Caribbean Diasporic LGBTQ+ Narratives Collection

• Africana Children's Literature Collection

• Africana Cinema and Documentary Film Collections

• Local Atlanta and Georgia History Vertical File Collections

• Current and Historic African American Journals

• Current and Historic African American Newspapers

• General African and African American History and Literature Topics

• Georgia and Local Atlanta Church Directory and Collections

• Local and Metro-Atlanta History, Georgia Trends and Sweet Auburn Avenue Historical Records and Collections

• Southern Civil Rights Movement and Social Injustices Collections

• Southern African American Literature and History Collections

• Southern States African American Geographical Illustrations and Historical Maps

• General African and African American History and Literature Subjects

• HBCU and Greek-Letter Organizations Collections

• Sweet Auburn Avenue and Historical Black Neighborhoods Collections

• The Coretta Scott King Award Winning Children's Titles, 1969 to current

• Subject Bibliographies highlighting AARL resources and cultural programs

Ready Reference Collection:
Subject Coverage within Research and Reference Collection The AARL Research and Reference Collection Division collects materials of historical value and selectively collect information on people of African descent in Atlanta, the state of Georgia. In the following areas to advance the research, teaching, and instruction missions of Fulton County Public Library Policies

1.      Almanacs and Yearbooks

2.      Atlases

3.      Handbooks

4.      Abstracts and Indexes

5.      General bibliographies on broad subjects
(See “Bibliographies” to find sources for conducting research in a discipline)

6.      Concordances to the Bible

7.      Plot Summaries

8.      Dictionaries

9.      Directories

10.  Encyclopedias-- authoritative specialized-subject encyclopedias are collected selectively.

11.  Legal Materials

12.  Style  Manuals



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