UCLA Powell Library Community Collections Highlighting Black authors and creators

This exhibition highlights selections from the Powell Community Collections by Black authors. It is intended to represent marginalized voices that exist in the Collections, and to reveal ways we can make them more inclusive still.

The Powell Library Community Collections are designed to support and promote student intellectual growth, health and well-being, and creativity. Reflecting the diversity of the student population, the collections aim to foster curiosity about the world and empathy for others, while nurturing lifelong reading habits.

Please note that while UCLA Library buildings remain closed, the print books featured in this exhibition may be available for checkout through the UCLA Library's Page and Pickup service. Go here for instructions on using this service.

Enigma: Science Fiction & Fantasy

From the Powell Library's print collections

From the UCLA Library online collections

Further exploration


Travel Writing

From the UCLA print collections

From the UCLA Library online collections

Further exploration

Recent Fiction

From the Powell Print Collections

From the UCLA Library online collections

Further exploration

(image of Camille Acker, via Brilliant Baltimore)


Online collections

(image of Hunter Ashleigh Shackelford, also known as "Hunter the Lion")

The Community Collections are housed in the Main Reading Room of the Powell Library. Print and online titles are selected by library staff through recommendations and requests from the UCLA community. Curated by the librarians at Powell, the digital exhibition rotates to a new theme quarterly to showcase titles at the UCLA Library and engage our user community.

This exhibition created by Simon Lee (simonlee83@library.ucla.edu) and Ashley Peterson (ashleypeterson@library.ucla.edu). Please contact us with questions, remarks, or collection suggestions!

Thank you to Katherine Kapsidelis, Salma Abumeeiz, and Sylvia Page for their help with this project. <3