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Engage in expert-led sessions on preserving democracy and cultivating the future of libraries as a central pillar within our communities. Hosted by the DC Public Library, this important event will bring together leaders from major urban library systems across the U.S. and Canada.

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Urban Libraries Council Wins ASAE’s Top Honor for Trigger Terms

ULC has earned a 2022 ASAE Summit Award — the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) — for the Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework.

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Launching Food Pantry in Lexington

Learn how Lexington Public Library's new food bank combats exacerbated food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic head on.

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The Library, Democracy and You

Explore the role the public library plays in upholding our democratic institutions.

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Building a Better Toledo

Discover how Toledo Lucas County Public Library's new professional development series for patrons commits itself to the betterment of their community.

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Urban Libraries Council Names Brooks Rainwater President and CEO

Urban Libraries Council is thrilled to welcome Brooks Rainwater as our new President and CEO.

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ULC's Newest Resource: Business Value Calculator

ULC is thrilled to debut a brand new tool — the Business Value Calculator — which enables libraries to quantify their services provided to the business community and show the monetary value of their work.

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ULC Member Knowledge Exchange

The ULC Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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For 50 years, the Urban Libraries Council has served as an outcomes-driven research and innovations network of more than 160 leading North American public libraries.

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Explore ULC’s interactive map highlighting public libraries that have gone fine free.

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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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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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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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