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Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Tools for Libraries

The new ULC toolkit offers strategies and resources to help libraries level-up as entrepreneurial hubs, including COVID-19 responses.

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Honoring Black History in Cincinnati

Learn how the library’s Black Events and Exhibits Committee creates experiences, services and resources that are reflective of the Black experience in their city and county.

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All-New ULC Member Knowledge Exchange

ULC is thrilled to announce that the all-new ULC Member Knowledge Exchange is now available for our members. This new platform will make it even easier for you to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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All 2020 ULC Innovations Are Live!

ULC's Innovations Initiative received an astounding 260 entries this year — our largest and most diverse Innovations program yet.

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Statement on Race and Social Equity

In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 190 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity.

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

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Knowledge Exchange

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 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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