The library contains 5,000 books on the history and culture of African and African Americans. Book on the history of Africa and the United States form the largest group in the Library. The literature collection consists of fiction, poetry, and drama by African and African American authors.
The Effie Lee Morris Children’s Literature Research Collection contains folklore, fiction, and non-fiction children books representing an African American focus.
Current periodicals consist of Ebony, Jet, Essence, The Black Scholar, Black Enterprise, and others. Past issues of periodicals are available for research and use.
The Historical and Cultural Society Archive is a research only facility. It is one of the largest research archives on African American life in the West. It contains papers and mementos of San Francisco African American citizens, such as, Thomatra Scott, Elena Albert, Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett, Dr. Howard Thurman, and others.