Special Collections

Besides our regular lending collection, Queens Library is also a home to some of the most unique and specialized collections in New York city. Feel free to visit and explore our communities and their collections!

Featured Collections in Queens Library

Augusta Baker Reference Collection

The history children's collection, soon to be relocated to the new Children's Learning and Discovery Center, focuses on the African-American and caribbean experience as expressed through folklore, novels, short stories and biographies from mid-twentieth century to contemporary works.

Black Heritage Reference Center

The Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center offers the public the Black Heritage Collection, which includes the Schomburg clipping file and specialized microfilm collections. The Library also includes volumes of Hughes's published works, as well as literary analysis of the works of Hughes and other black writers.

Carter G. Woodson Reference Collection

The Carter G. Woodson Collection, located in the Social Sciences Division, includes the African-American experience, emphasizing the history of slavery and its impact on African-American life; collected biographies; and subject bibliographies. contemporary material in the collection focuses on the civil rights movement.

Louis Armstrong Archives

With generous assistance from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Queens Library at East Elmhurst is chock full of materials related to jazz. East Elmhurst also has a mini-archive of sorts, with jazz-related artifacts, and a large array of framed posters that display jazz musicians.

Music Scores

Our Fine Arts and Recreation Division hosts a huge collection of Librettos and musical scores, some of which includes famous composers like Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven.