The winners of the 2017 Innovations Initiative have been announced.Read the submissions »
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.Read the whole statement »
This Leadership Brief highlights the essential roles public libraries play in advancing civic engagement in the communities they serve.Download Now »
Every ULC library – in small and large ways – is organizing and contributing to civil discussions and programs that support a strong democracy.Read the submissions »
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.Read More »
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.