THE READING ROOM
The Center for Black Diaspora is thrilled to announce the renovation of its Reading Room, a jewel not just of
the Center, but of DePaul University. This
non-lending collection holds approximately 2500 books and 450 films related to
the African diaspora. Subject matter
includes art, culture, history, social studies, photography, women’s studies,
politics, religion, philosophy, and much more.
This collection is the product of over twenty years of careful thought
and acquisition. Many of these resources
are rare, and most are not held in DePaul’s libraries.
In addition to holding such a
wonderful collection of resources, the Reading Room has undergone a major
physical overhaul. It will feature a new
conference table and chairs, sofa, and a larger, wall-mounted flat screen
television with internet connectivity. Fresh paint and the removal of several pieces
of furniture make the room much more bright and comfortable. Most importantly, the room will have a book
security system. This will prevent
serious losses that the collection has unfortunately sustained over the years,
and will allow visitors to bring in their bags rather than leave them at the
front desk. The Center is also in the
process of getting the books and films re-catalogued, and in creating an
on-line, searchable database of its holdings.
The physical renovation should be completed by the end of Autumn
quarter, and the re-cataloguing process should be completed by the end of this
We warmly invite you to visit the
Reading Room and make use of its resources, and we appreciate your patience as
we complete the renovations. The room is
available for presentations, classes, meetings, colloquia, studying, etc. We also welcome you to come in for a cup of
coffee or tea, watch a film, play a game of mancala or chess, check your email,
or take a quick nap between classes. Finally,
we invite DePaul and local artists to display their work at the Center, and are
particularly interested in showcasing the work of student artists.
The Reading Room is open from 10:00am-5:00pm,
Mondays through Fridays. Extended hours
may be arranged by request. To reserve
the space, please contact the Center staff.