Researchers and scholars of all ages are invited to MCLM to conduct research on African-American art, history, and culture utlizing MCLM's non-circulating library collections. Researchers are provided access to papers, letters, rare books, periodicals, photographs, music, art, and much more.

Through our partnership with the California African-American Genealogical Society (CAAGS), MCLM also provides genealogical services to researchers. CAAGS meets at MCLM on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except July and August, at 11:45 a.m. For additional information visit the website at or contact Jamesetta Hammons at (323) 636-8947.

All scholars and researchers interested in utlizing MCLM's collections are invited to submit an application for research privileges. The MCLM Research Application may be obtained onsite or online by clicking on the link below. 

MCLM Research Application


For further information, please contact Lloyd Clayton at or give us a call at 310-202-1647.