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Initiatives

Groundbreaking Work

ULC is leading the work in groundbreaking research and initiatives that are testing and enhancing new ways that libraries serve people and communities in the digital age. ULC Initiatives generate new service delivery models, best practices and tools of value to libraries of all sizes.

These initiatives focus on the tangible benefits which people and communities realize through engagement in high-quality digital opportunities that public libraries provide.

Active ULC Initiatives

  • Action Teams

    ULC's Action Teams establish new models, techniques and approaches that can help all libraries lead their communities into a stronger post-pandemic future.

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  • Book Rich Environments

    Book Rich Environments aims to infuse public housing communities across the U.S. with a vibrant and accessible culture of books and to improve opportunities and outcomes for children living in public housing.

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  • Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning

    The Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning initiative supports engaging learning opportunities for middle school youth in summertime who have historically been excluded from STEM opportunities (e.g., based on race, income, gender, ability).

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  • Edge 360

    Edge 360 represents an exciting step forward for the public library field, expanding the program beyond digital inclusion and introducing benchmarks for anti-racism, digital equity, economic opportunity and education in their local communities.

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  • Statement on Race and Social Equity

    In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just.

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  • Statement on Summer Learning

    On October 24, 2022, the Urban Libraries Council, in partnership with National Summer Learning Association, issued a Call to Action on Equity in Summer Learning. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just.

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  • Summer Learning

    ULC libraries serve as essential summer learning leaders in their communities, providing innovative summer reading and active learning opportunities for children, youth and families during this critical time when schools are closed and the risk of falling behind is high.

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