Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection

About the collection

The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection features over 18,000 books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines for adults, children, and teens. Materials focus on the Black and Caribbean historical and cultural experience, with a special emphasis on Canadian content.

Recognized as one of the most significant Black and Caribbean heritage collections in Canada, it is an invaluable resource for the Black and Caribbean community as well as students and researchers.


Topics include history, social science, and the contributions and achievements of Black people in Canada. The collection also includes a small selection of titles about world figures in Black history and culture.

Reading lists


Formats include books in regular and large print; newspapers and periodicals; CDs and DVDs.


The collection is available at four branches across the city:

*The York Woods collection has been temporarily relocated to Downsview while the branch is closed for renovations.

Smaller collections, identified with an orange Black and Caribbean Heritage label, may also be found at some other branches.

Who is Rita Cox?

The Rita Cox Endowment Fund

To ensure the enhancement and growth of the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection, the Rita Cox Endowment Fund was established.

Donate today to support the Endowment or contact the Foundation at 416-393-7123.