Due to a scheduled system upgrade, some digital library services may not be available from  Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m. - Sunday, February 28 at 9 a.m.  All services will be back online when the update is complete. 

Reminder, the library is offering Curbside Service ONLY from 10AM-7PM Mon/Tues and 10AM-4PM Wed-Sat.



Anchoring the west end of the Sweet Auburn historic district, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) opened May 1994 in Atlanta, Georgia. A special library of the Fulton County Library System (FCLS) formerly the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS), it is the first public library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history and of other peoples of African descent. In 2001 the library received a Governor's Award in the Humanities.

In November 2008, Fulton County voters overwhelmingly passed the Library Bond Referendum, which greatly enhanced all of the county’s libraries. The AARL was part of Phase One of the Library Bond Program in which the building structure was expanded from 46,573 square feet to a four-story building, with nearly 60,000 square feet of usable space, consisting of state-of-the-art technology in the public and program spaces, three Galleries, an Authors Writers’ Lounge, an Education Center, a 250 seat auditorium, a Reading & Research Division, a Program Division, an Archives Division and a material collection of over ________ items.



are designed for individuals, groups, and organizations of 8 persons or less, who are interested in independently exploring the AARL Facility and Exhibitions. Guests wishing to conduct a self-guided tour must sign in at the 1st floor Welcome Desk, confirm parking, and retrieve a Quick Tour Guide Sheet, opens a new window.


are offered to educational organizations and groups consisting of 8 or more persons. Reservations for groups of 8+ must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to your visit. Reservations for Group Tours can be scheduled for Tuesday- Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. To make reservations, please complete and submit the Reservation Form or email your request to aarl.outreach@fultoncountyga.gov.

An AARL staff member will contact you to confirm reservation details at least 72 hours after the request has been submitted. Please note that groups consisting of K-12th grade students must be accompanied by an Adult Chaperone.


You can now tour the Auburn Avenue Research Library at any time by accessing our Virtual Tour


If you must cancel a scheduled tour, please notify Outreach Services via email at aarl.outreach@fultoncountyga.gov.




101 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


Monday           12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday           10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday     12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday         12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday              12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday          10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday            2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Same as above, appointments Required
To schedule an appointment email aarl.archives@fultoncountyga.gov.

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