Centro Library and Archives Historical Preservation and Research Partnership Program Fall 2016-Spring 2017

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives seeks Partners to collect, archival material, conduct research, and disseminate new knowledge about the history of Puerto Rican individuals in communities in the United States.

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Centro Library

Library Services

  • Fall 2014 Schedule
  • Monday-Friday from 10AM until 5PM.
  • *We will be closed on October 13th for Columbus Day and November 27th & 28th for Thanksgiving.

         Lois V.and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work 
         2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street in El Barrio

  • Directions:

  • Take the 6 train to the 116th St Stop. Walk over to 3rd Avenue and up to 119th.

  • Schedule:

  • Monday-Friday 10:00AM-5:00 PM

    • BUILDING ACCESS: All Centro Library & Archives visitors must now enter through the Hunter College School of Social Work lobby and register at the security station, where they will be issued a special pass to enter Hunter College.
    • HUNTER/CUNY STUDENTS & STAFF MEMBERS: You need the Hunter/CUNY Photo ID to enter the building.
    • CENTRO GUESTS: In order to access the Library & Archives, you need a photo identification to show the Hunter Security Staff and let them know you will be visiting the Centro Library & Archives on the first floor. 
  • We also provide individual assistance and group orientations about our collections and services. 


  • phone: 212-396-7874
    Our reading room's public computers provide access to our online catalog, to a variety of multi-disciplinary databases and to specialized indexes such as HAPI and CONUCO. There is no printing available from these terminals.
  • The Centro Library does maintain a photocopy machine for the public and copies are $.10 cents each for Hunter College students, faculty and staff, and $.20 cents for non-Hunter visitors. Copy cards may be purchased at the School of Social Work Library.

    There are over 3,000 reels of microfilm containing library and archival materials at the Centro Library. These include newspapers and other periodicals. One important collection available on microfilm are the issues of La Prensa dating back to 1917. These microfilms may be viewed using our microfilm reader. In addition to having a microfilm reader, digial microfilm scanning is also available. Individuals, who wish to use our microfilm scanner, should bring a portable USB flash drive to save PDF scans of articles from our microfilm collections.