About the Center
In 2002, the Newark Public Library partnered with a Latino community group called Friends of HRIC to create the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC).
The NJHRIC addresses the informational needs of the state’s diverse Hispanic communities, from the newly arrived monolingual immigrant to the English dominant researcher. It has three components:
Sala Hispanoamericana home to the largest collection of Spanish–language library resources in New Jersey. Originally established in 1989, La Sala serves as a valuable educational, informational and cultural resource for Latino immigrants.
Hispanic Reference Collection is an English and Spanish language research level collection aimed at the special needs of students and scholars, enabling them to conduct in–depth research into New Jersey’s diverse Hispanic community.
The Latino Oral History Collection (of the Hispanic Reference Collection) – offers direct, first–person accounts of the lives and experiences of men and women from diverse Latino backgrounds who call New Jersey home.
Puerto Rican Community Archives a collection of primary resources on the history and culture of New Jersey’s Puerto Rican community.
The Newark Public Library’s New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center has received generous support from numerous funders. Major supporters include: the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and the Friends of the HRIC.