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Going Forward from the Pandemic

ULC's Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative is an unprecedented effort to mobilize ULC's entire member community to establish new models, techniques and approaches that can help all libraries lead their communities into a stronger post-pandemic future.

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Statement on the Role of Libraries in Dismantling Systemic Racism

The Urban Libraries Council stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities.

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Statement on Race and Social Equity

In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 182 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity.

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Reimagining Summer Learning During the Pandemic

Discover how ULC libraries across North America have adapted their summer learning offerings to keep kids, teens and adults learning all summer long, despite the new challenges of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Resources

This collection of resources provides information and tools to help libraries navigate new challenges and fulfill their role as essential community leaders for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

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Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books

North American elected officials send message to e-book publishers that price gouging public libraries is unacceptable.

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The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is an outcomes-driven research institution and innovations network of more than 150 leading North American public libraries.

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Knowledge Center

Access sample policies, forms and other documents provided by ULC members

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Innovations

Share and be inspired by cutting-edge public library practices

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Initiatives

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Education

Education transforms the lives of individuals and is the foundation for strong, economically vital communities. In the knowledge economy, the library is the learning institution ready to guide and support citizens at every age and level of need.

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Digital Inclusion

Libraries are critical anchors for digital access and equity in local communities. For millions of people, libraries are their gateway to the digital universe and digital readiness.

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Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Libraries are powerful partners for creating healthy, sustainable communities. With local government, business and other community organizations, libraries are key players in a strong economy, a healthy environment and racial/social equity.

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Upcoming Events

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ULC HR Professionals Call

Aug 17 - Aug 17, 2020

ULC HR Professionals connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.

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ULC Deputy Directors Call

Aug 19 - Aug 19, 2020

ULC Deputy Directors connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.

The Voice of Public Libraries

ULC provides a forum for library leaders to share best practices and innovative ideas that inspire programs that support 21st century learning, a strong economy, and an active democracy.

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