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Designing a Library with Style and Substance

November 16, 2023,Healthy, Sustainable Communities

As architects who work with libraries, the topic of "Libraries as Place" is of particular interest. For a variety of reasons, however, it is not unusual for libraries to find themselves working with an architect who doesn’t have quite this level of experience. Fortunately, there are strategies that libraries can use with a variety of architects to design spaces and facilities that are both functional and inspirational.

People, Power and Place: Takeaways for Library Leaders

November 09, 2023,From the CEO

In the 15 months since I started as President & CEO of ULC, I have had the opportunity to talk to the leader of every library in our membership and visit many libraries in my travels. And for a few days at the end of October, we harnessed that rewarding energy of learning from each other at the 2023 ULC Annual Forum in Seattle.

Protecting Intellectual Freedom & Condemning Books Bans

October 04, 2023,From the CEO

The Urban Libraries Council strongly supports libraries across North America as they face extreme challenges and recognize Banned Books Week​. We’re grateful to partners such as the American Library Association​ and PEN America​ for cataloging the increase in book banning attempts this year, on top of the already record number of attempts last year.

Mapping Summer Learning Equity

October 02, 2023,STEM,Summer Learning

To celebrate an incredible turnout for the first summer of ULC's Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning initiative, ULC developed an interactive map to highlight what these ideas look like when they’re implemented by libraries.

People, Power, and Place

July 31, 2023,From the CEO

Hear from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater about the intersection of people, power and place in the scope of North American public libraries. Plus, learn more about the 2023 ULC Annual Forum.

Libraries Stand for Democracy

July 03, 2023,From the CEO

Hear from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater about ULC members' recent work to protect democracy. This blog features ULC's most recent leadership brief: Libraries as Cornerstones of Democracy.