Access & Equity

  • Understanding How COVID-19 Widens the Justice Gap

    The Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries initiative has previously discussed the challenges facing those who fall into the justice gap—the divide between the need for civil legal aid and a person’s ability to access resour...

  • Seed and Plant Swap Grows During COVID

    Erie City Public Library in Erie, Kansas, serves a small town of about 1,085 people in Neosho County. We are a gathering place for the community.

    One of the goals of our little library is to support the community as much as we can. We do the...

  • Reflections and Resources: Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium

    The Denver Public Library has prioritized research and learning related to racial equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and recently hosted the Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium. This was a dynamic and engaging 3-day o...

  • Social Library, Antiracism Edition

    In this edition of our Social Library series, we’re highlighting ways libraries are demonstrating their commitment to antiracism, providing resources and programming for patrons of all ages. In addition to the examples below, be sure to explore the c...

  • Library as a Social Assistance Office

    With a determined stride and a big smile, Ida Abolins walks over to the writing desk at the window of the library in San Francisco and asks a young man bending over a pile of paper, "How are you doing?"

    Overlooking the lavish City ...

  • Opening Doors and Minds with a "Yes!"

    "Yes!" That’s what Kathy Zappitello, Executive Director of the Conneaut Public Library wants her staff to be able to say to patrons, to colleagues, and to new opportunities. The library, which serves a community of 12,841 residents in north...

  • Public Libraries and the 2020 Census

    Federal funding for public libraries will be determined by the 2020 U.S. Census results, with ALA reporting that "more than $1 billion in federal funding for libraries will be allocated to states based on the 2020 Census." In addition to fe...

  • Multicultural Picture Books: A Deeper Look at Your Collection

    Do you feel it is important to have a diverse children’s collection, but don’t always know where to start? The Diverse BookFinder Collection Analysis Tool (CAT), funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is specifically des...

  • Tackling the Racism in Children's Classics

    In Was the Cat in the Hat Black?, author Philip Nel examines the racist illustrations present in a number of Dr. Seuss’s works, and points out racism present in other children’s classics. Many of these books are on our shelves.

    Nashvi...

  • Strategic Partnership to Improve Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries

    In consultation with Legal Services Corporation (LSC), WebJunction is developing a new course for US public library staff who work in reference, adult services, or outreach positions on how to improve community members' access to civil legal informat...