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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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New 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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New Blog: Building Buzz About Pollinators at the Oak Park Public Library

Learn how Oak Park Public Library sustains a natural environment and offers learning opportunities on the Main Library’s Green Roof.

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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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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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