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Coronavirus Resources

This collection of resources provides information and tools to help libraries navigate new challenges and fulfill their role as essential community leaders for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

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A Testament to the Caring Community We Call Home

Learn how Pima County Public Library staff jumped at the opportunity to provide much-needed support to other county departments after temporarily closing their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Reimagining Library Spaces to Provide Essential Community Services

Learn how ULC libraries across North America are transforming their physical spaces to support community relief and recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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#ULCchat Recap: Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

ULC hosted our first-ever live Twitter chat designed to raise awareness of the critical role of libraries in supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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ULC Libraries Use 3-D Printers to Help Fight COVID-19

Discover how ULC member libraries are stepping up to help fight the coronavirus outbreak by using 3-D printers to create personal protective equipment.

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Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books

North American elected officials send message to e-book publishers that price gouging public libraries is unacceptable.

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

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Knowledge Center

Access sample policies, forms and other documents provided by ULC members

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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 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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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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Upcoming Events


ULC HR Professionals Call

Jun 01 - Jun 01, 2020

ULC HR Professionals connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.


ULC Deputy Directors Call

Jun 03 - Jun 03, 2020

ULC Deputy Directors connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.

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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