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Coronavirus Resources

This collection of resources equips libraries with information and tools to prepare for the potential impact of the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.

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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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Fairfax County Public Library Works to Curb “Islands of Disadvantage”

Discover how Fairfax County Public Library made positive and aggressive changes to library policies, procedures and programs using an equity lens.

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2019 Innovations Submissions Now Live

Find out how libraries are transforming communities in cutting-edge ways from the 260 entries we received this year.

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Fair E-Book/E-Audiobook Lending for Libraries

Discover answers to FAQs about e-content access and pricing for libraries, and how libraries are speaking up for more equitable and fair options from publishers.

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Leadership Brief: Libraries Leading AI and Digital Citizenship

Discover targeted strategies for North America's public libraries to ensure an equitable and inclusive future in the Age of AI.

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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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Upcoming Events

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Knowledge Center

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

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Share and be inspired by cutting-edge public library practices

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Discover how ULC is working to invigorate public libraries and their communities

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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 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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ULC Deputy Directors Call

Apr 01 - Apr 01, 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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