Our mission is to provide a variety of services, programs and resources designed to continually keep our members on the cutting edge of 21st century library practice.
ULC Services Provide:
- Lively, enriching discussions between members
- Professional development opportunities that feature experts both from within and outside the ULC community
- An annual innovations showcase that shares and celebrates “best” and “next” practices
- Distinctive award programs that honor individual library leaders, staff and trustees as well as civic and government leaders
- High-octane convenings that catalyze in-depth exploration of critical issues
- Publications that provide knowledge and tools to strengthen the value and relevance of public libraries in their communities
Member ReceptionsLearn More
In conjunction with ALA conferences, ULC hosts Member Receptions each year. Take advantage of these opportunities to informally network with peers, meet field leaders, industry experts and other special guests. Relaxed and welcoming, Member Receptions exemplify the spirit and commitment of the ULC community!
Monthly WebinarsLearn More
ULC webinars leverage the knowledge, tools, experience and perspectives of ULC members. In addition to showcasing members, webinars also engage leaders and innovators from other fields to shed light on issues relevant to the needs of urban libraries today and tomorrow.
ULC-Led InitiativesLearn More
ULC is leading the work in groundbreaking research and initiatives that are testing and enhancing new ways that libraries serve people and communities in the digital age. ULC Initiatives generate new service delivery models, best practices and tools of value to libraries of all sizes.
Leadership Briefs & Research ReportsLearn More
ULC creates a variety of publications that disseminate cutting-edge knowledge and analysis on topics that are critical to the continued transformation of libraries as community change agents and problem solvers. ULC publications are intended to advance knowledge within and beyond the library community.
E-rate, or Universal Services Schools and Libraries program, is a discount set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that schools and public libraries receive on telecommunications, internet and internal connections.
Summer LearningLearn More
ULC libraries serve as essential summer learning leaders in their communities, providing innovative summer reading and active learning opportunities for children, youth and families during this critical time when schools are closed and the risk of falling behind is high.
e-News WeeklyLearn More
Each week ULC distributes an e-newsletter to members that includes current news and information about ULC programs, high-level news about individual member libraries and information about cutting-edge research and field initiatives that are relevant to 21st century library practice.
Since 2010, the ULC Innovations Initiative has gathered, shared and showcased the value of the leading practices, services and programs created by ULC member libraries. These creative projects demonstrate how our members, and public libraries in general, continue to evolve and serve as essential technology, education and community leaders. The Innovations Initiative promotes innovations across ULC libraries, garnering national and international recognition for our library innovators and the integral role they play in building thriving communities.
Annual AwardsLearn More
The Urban Libraries Council offers annual awards programs for our member libraries and library partners. Apply, nominate and showcase your great work and staff for these annual honors!
e-Discussion GroupsLearn More
Staff in member libraries are encouraged to join ULC Member Groups to connect with their peers and share challenges, concerns, insights and innovations. These members-only groups are a hallmark of ULC’s commitment to facilitating the exchange of ideas and programs at leading libraries across North America.