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Submissions are officially open for ULC's 2020 Innovations Initiative! Showcase your library's cutting-edge programs and creative strategies by submitting today.

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New ULC Leadership Brief: Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19

Informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Digital Equity action team, this Leadership Brief offers action strategies, key messages and background information to empower library leaders to take on a more active and intentional role in advancing digital equity.

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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, 183 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity.

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AnyAbility: Providing Inclusive Library Experiences to Adults with Disabilities

Discover how Anythink Libraries engages with patrons who are often overlooked in our society.

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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 160 leading North American public libraries.

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Knowledge Center

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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 Equity

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


ULC Deputy Directors Call

Sep 30 - Sep 30, 2020

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


ULC Development Professionals Call

Oct 01 - Oct 01, 2020

ULC Development Professionals connect with peers about how to communicate with library leadership, boards and funders to help them understand the library's essential role in funding innovation and program development. ​​

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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