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ULC's Newest Resource: Business Value Calculator

ULC is thrilled to debut a brand new tool — the Business Value Calculator — which enables libraries to quantify their services provided to the business community and show the monetary value of their work.

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Parks and Libraries for All Forever

San Francisco Public Library and the National Park Service have forged a strong partnership to increase access and awareness of parks and libraries for all.

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Opening Gardens During a Pandemic in Brooklyn

With the goal of improving local streetscapes, Brooklyn Public Library worked to open gardens all over Brooklyn during the pandemic to grow their presence in the community and lay a solid groundwork the future.

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Library Partnerships in a Post-COVID World

Library leaders from 19 ULC member libraries across North America convened in Cleveland, Ohio to share and discuss how public libraries can continuously enhance their role as valuable partners and leaders within the community.

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ULC Launches Student Success Accelerator

ULC's Student Success Accelerator showcases public libraries across the United States that are pioneering a national approach that brings local elected officials, school and library executives together and their collective resources for student learning.

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The Library Meets Its Makers

As libraries work to bridge the digital divide, makerspaces continue to establish their important role in community spaces.

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Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects

Addressing key trigger terms in the current media, social and political climates, ULC's Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework is designed to help leaders grow alignment, surface misunderstandings and find paths forward through difficult conversations.

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ULC Member Knowledge Exchange

The ULC Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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For 50 years, the Urban Libraries Council has served as an outcomes-driven research and innovations network of more than 160 leading North American public libraries.

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Impact Stories

Discover how ULC member libraries are invigorating public libraries and their communities by reading the latest inspiring stories on our blog.

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Business Value Calculator

ULC’s Business Value Calculator enables libraries to quantify their services provided to the business community and show the monetary value of their work.

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Share and be inspired by cutting-edge work that furthers education for people of all ages, addresses race and social equity in our communities, builds digital equity and enhance civic engagements.

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Explore ULC’s interactive map to learn from libraries that have gone fine free in an effort to reduce access barriers.

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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 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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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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