2017 Innovations Initiative 

The winners of the 2017 Innovations Initiative have been announced.

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View library innovations from across the United States and Canada!
View library innovations from across the United States and Canada!

ULC Statement on Race and Social Equity 

As leaders of North America's public libraries, we are committed to achieving racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential. 

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ULC library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities they serve.
ULC library systems are working to achieve equity in the communities they serve.

About This Leadership Brief

This Leadership Brief highlights the essential roles public libraries play in advancing civic engagement in the communities they serve.

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Civic engagement is a cornerstone of democratic society representing promise, opportunity and responsibility.
Civic engagement is a cornerstone of democratic society representing promise, opportunity and responsibility.

ULC Libraries Stand Tall

Every ULC library – in small and large ways – is organizing and contributing to civil discussions and programs that support a strong democracy. 

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ULC Libraries Stand Tall Together
ULC Libraries Stand Tall Together

2018 ULC Annual Forum - Leading Forward

Join ULC members and discuss today’s most pressing issues facing libraries and the broader society. Join us for this thought-provoking and poignant gathering of urban library leaders.   

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INSPIRING LIBRARIES. 
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES.

Today's public libraries are no longer just shelves of books, racks of newspapers and "quiet, please" signs. They're thought leaders and catalysts for empowering diverse individuals to think, act, aspire. Today's libraries are powerful education institutions, progressive technology centers with media labs, and rich resources for individual and community development. Every person who uses a library to gain knowledge and skills strengthens the fabric of the entire community. 

The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries in the United States and Canada and the force that inspires them to evolve. We create the tools, techniques and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. We also speak loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities. We secure funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, we produce innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. 

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Upcoming Events
Mar
13
Tackling Digital Inclusion and Equity: Using Edge to Improve Digital Literacy in the Community › Register for this webinar to learn how libraries use Edge to tackle digital incl…
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23
ULC Coffee with Colleagues at PLA › Directors and Deputy Directors are invited to a breakfast and conversation about…
May
2
Lessons From the Field - Richland Library Field Trip › Directors and Deputy Directors are invited to visit Richland Library and learn a…