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Coronavirus Resources

This collection of resources equips libraries with information and tools to prepare for the potential impact of the novel coronavirus disease 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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How Eliminating Library Fees Advances Racial Equity

Learn how municipalities can rethink library fees to advance race and social equity during the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

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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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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 Development Professionals Call

May 27 - May 27, 2020

ULC Development Professionals connect with peers about how foundations are working to realign their corporate and foundation partners and funding to align with COVID-19 priorities.​


ULC Deputy Directors Call

May 27 - May 27, 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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