inspiring libraries. transforming communities.

The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is the premier membership association of North America's leading public library systems.

With the help of our members, ULC initiatives strategically advance the value that 21st century libraries provide communities in critical areas such as education/lifelong learning, workforce and economic development, public safety, health and wellness, safety and environmental sustainability.

As thought leaders and change agents, ULC libraries regularly receive accolades at the national, regional and local levels. While ULC libraries primarily represent urban and suburban settings, lessons from their work are widely adapted by libraries of all sizes, including those in rural settings.