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This publication results from the National Forum on Closing the Opportunity Gap for Early Readers.

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Read the latest ULC report, "Public Partners for Early Literacy:Library-School Partnerships Closing Opportunity Gaps"
Read the latest ULC report, "Public Partners for Early Literacy:Library-School Partnerships Closing Opportunity Gaps"

ULC Libraries Stand Tall

Every ULC library – in small and large ways – is organizing and contributing to civil discussions and programs that support a strong democracy. 

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ULC Libraries Stand Tall Together
ULC Libraries Stand Tall Together

2017 Innovation Submission Site is Open!

Submit your library's best innovation today! And, get inspiration from past Top Innovators, Honorable Mentions and all other library initiatives. Read more.

View library innovations from across the United States and Canada!
View library innovations from across the United States and Canada!

Summer Learning Toolkit

Access innovative strategies and resources for expanding summer reading into summer learning!

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Read the new online toolkit, "Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun"
Read the new online toolkit, "Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun"

Effective Summer Learning in Libraries

ULC report explores library summer learning programs and action steps for initiating assessment!

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ULC’s new report explores library summer learning programs and action steps for initiating assessment!
ULC’s new report explores library summer learning programs and action steps for initiating assessment!

INSPIRING LIBRARIES. 
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES.

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. 

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