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The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library: The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library

This guide provides information about The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library housed at the Afro American Cultural Center along with historical information about The Helen Lemme Reading Club after which the library is dedicated and named.

About the Project

The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library is the outcome of a collaboration between staff at The Afro American Cultural Center (Afro House) and The University of Iowa Libraries. The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library contains books read during The Helen Lemme Reading Club meetings (for more information about the club, see The Helen Lemme Reading Club page) as well as contemporary titles about the Black, African, and African American experience. It is the hope that The Helen Lemme Reading Club Library will provide current students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to continue the legacy of the work started by the Helen Lemme Rreading Club. 

This project was made possible in part by the support of a Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant (2019) from The University of Iowa Office of Diversity, Enrichment & Inclusion and a Supplemental Theme Semester Grant (2019) from The University of Iowa Office of Outreach & Engagement. 

Check back for library updates. Books from the Helen Lemme Reading Club Library will be available to students, faculty, and staff for check-out soon. A publicly available catalog of books contained in the library will be available here at a later date. 

Library Updates

HLRC Library Titles

Below you will find a list of some titles available at the Helen Lemme Reading Club (HLRC) Library at Afro House. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, books from the HLRC Library are not currently available for circulation. The following books ARE available for loan and access through the University of Iowa Libraries collections. Clicking on the title of a book below will take you to the UI Libraries catalog record for that title. From there you can access ebook versions, when available, or request no-contact pick-up or mail delivery for physical items. To access ebooks and to request physical items you will need to log-in with your hawkid and password at various steps.