Every ULC library – in small and large ways – is organizing and contributing to civil discussions and programs that support a strong democracy.Read the submissions »
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ULC’s new Leadership Brief highlights the growing role of public libraries as leaders in summer learning.Read More »
New ULC report explores library summer learning programs and action steps for initiating assessment!Read More »
Today's public libraries are no longer just shelves of books, racks of newspapers and "quiet, please" signs. They're thought leaders and catalysts for empowering diverse individuals to think, act, aspire. Today's libraries are powerful education institutions, progressive technology centers with media labs, and rich resources for individual and community development. Every person who uses a library to gain knowledge and skills strengthens the fabric of the entire community.
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries in the United States and Canada and the force that inspires them to evolve. We create the tools, techniques and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. We also speak loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities. We secure funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, we produce innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact.