Access & Equity

  • Libraries Provide Much Needed Access to Nutrition in the Summer

    According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in food-insecure households. And even as the number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals increases, according to the Foo...

  • Social Library, Financial Literacy Edition

    In anticipation of our February 14 webinar, Libraries Help Patrons Become Financially Empowered Consumers, we bring you a special edition of the Social Library featuring Facebook posts from libraries who are providing services and hosting programs to...

  • Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

    A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

  • Social Library, Homelessness Edition

    In this special edition of our Social Library series, we're featuring Facebook posts from libraries who connect with community members experiencing homelessness. These include a community resource specialists program, a homeless veteran raising aware...

  • Case Study: Henry County Library System Provides Summer Food Service Program

    The amount of children who suffer from hunger due to near-poverty economic status has risen in recent years. It has long been the assumption that public schools are the logical place for low-income children to access additional nutritional opportunit...

  • 3 Ways Libraries Can Channel Understanding in Confusing Times

    As individuals and communities react to conflict in the world, we're reminded of the ways in which libraries often serve as a sanctuary for those looking for physical or emotional safety. But unfortunately, even the committed and welcoming staff who ...

  • Autism Accessible Browsing: a Community Effort at the Iowa City Public Library

    It's a simple enough story: two parents saw a need at their library, took initiative and worked with library staff to hold a program. On second glance, though, there is a lot libraries can learn from the experience of this group of three - spanning i...

  • The Library Diversity Committee: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity in the Academic Community

    Today, universities and colleges across the United States are having open and sometimes intense conversations about the matters of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity in their campuses. These conversations are often a great start for students...

  • Library Access for All Students: Stories from Five ConnectED Libraries

    In April 2015, President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED Library Challenge, an effort to "put a library card in the hand of every student," and in January 2016 the White House hosted a convening of representatives from about 50 of the ...

  • Talking with Kids about Race and Racism at Oakland Public Library

    Since late 2014, when protests in Ferguson, MO, brought national attention to #BlackLivesMatter and the racial justice movement, many people—myself included—have been struggling to find age-appropriate ways to talk with youth about race, racism and c...