The AARL Program Services provides a variety of events, activities, and services that interpret and highlight the various collections and collection emphasis of the Library. Programming includes an ongoing series of seminars, lectures, workshops, book discussions and reading, exhibits, and special initiatives. The Auburn Avenue Research Library through programming, exhibits, learning sessions, and outreach to the community, seeks to celebrate the similarities and differences among people and to incite wonder and appreciation for the contributions of African-Americans and the people of the African Diaspora to history and culture. It is through the presentation of educational, cultural, and scholarly program events and exhibitions that the library interprets its collections, and highlights its materials and services to the public.




  • 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


Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) is pleased to provide outreach services to the greater Metro Atlanta community.  Our outreach services team is available to conduct selective programs and instructional services both onsite and remotely for topics related to the Africana experience.  Criteria for AARL site visits include:

  • The mission of the event or program must relate in some way to the mission and objectives of Auburn Avenue Research Library
  • Organizations with programs and services that target underserved populations are encouraged to request Library Outreach services.
  • Location must meet the requirements of the federal accessibility standards and guidelines and must be accessible.
  • Event or activity MUST consist of at least twenty participants.
  • Event requests must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the event date (please use the Outreach Request Form to make your request).
  • Must complete a “Customer Feedback” form at the completion of the program or service


Organizations, Institutions, and Businesses wishing to partner with AARL for the purpose of presenting and/or supporting meaningful culturally centered programs and services should email Outreach Services at aarl.outreach@fultoncountyga.gov, opens a new window concerning their interest. An AARL staff member will reach out to you to set up an appointment for further discussions.

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