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Anti-Racism Resources

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Library is taking action to combat racism and increase equity, diversity and inclusion. Here are some of the changes we’ve been instituting:

  • Conducting diversity audits in both the Adult and Youth departments. This entails examining every item in the collection to look for biases, racism and stereotypical tropes. Additionally, an audit tells us what we are missing in the collection and provides an opportunity to add materials of diversity where we are lacking.
  • Extending library access to those without a home or in temporary shelters with Temporary Visitors’ Library cards.
  • Creating a blind application process for job openings to eliminate bias.
  • Ongoing staff development and training, including completion of these Library Journal courses: “Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Library Culture” and “Equity in Action: Building Diverse Collections.”




ACLU  (American Civil Liberties Union)

Anti Defamation League

Anti-Discrimination League

Black Lives Matter

Center for Anti-Racist Research 

Center for Racial Justice in Education

Chicago ROAR  (Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism)

Enrich Chicago (An Arts-Led Movement to Undo Racism)

Equal Justice Initiative

FAPAC  (Federal Asian Pacific American Council)

Federal Bureau of Investigation on Civil Rights and Hate crimes





1619 (New York Times)

Code Switch (NPR)

Momentum (Race Forward)

Seeing White (Scene on Radio)


Websites and Articles


Anti-Racism Resources (Shriver Center on Poverty law)

Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Others (Pepperdine)

Disparities in Health and Health Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Guidance for Reporting and Writing About Racism (Syracuse University)

Hate Speech and Hate Crime (American Library Association)

Health Disparities (Medline Plus)

Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (CDC)   

History of Anti-Asian Racism  in the United States (The Skimm)

Learn about hate crimes (US Dept of Justice)

Racial Bias Test   (Harvard University)

Racial Equity: 12 Key Words & Phrases to Know and Understand in the Movement (Global Citizen)

Talking About Race with Children (National Museum of African American History & Culture) 

What is a Hate Crime? (Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes)

Who Gets to Be Afraid In America? (The Atlantic)


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