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The Library of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) is a unique non-circulating, highly specialized reference collection whose mission is to identify, acquire, organize, preserve and make available bibliographical sources documenting the Dominican experience in the United States and elsewhere.
The Dominican Library was started by its current and founding Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte with collections donated by the members of the Council of Dominican Educators. It opened officially in April 1994 with an outreach and request for donations from the academic community, community organizations, and individuals whose writings, research, or public activism dealt, directly or indirectly, with Dominicans in the United States.
The Library is now the largest specialized collection on Dominicans in the United States, and is widely consulted by local, national, and international researchers, writers, journalists, artists, students, teachers, community based organizations and government agencies interested in Dominican issues in the United States.