Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Wilmette Public Library

Wilmette Public Library supports an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion, in our building, our community, and our collections and services. 


Antiracist Statement

Wilmette Public Library stands in solidarity with all who are working to recognize and end racism and inequity. The fight for dignity, justice, and equality is a matter of basic human rights. We grieve with our nation as we collectively face the clear exposure of our deeply-rooted systems of racism and structural violence.

The Library is a place where all are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. Our collections, services, and resources reflect the diversity of our community while also providing new opportunities to engage with neighbors and learn about cultures and viewpoints.

We believe that words have the power to make change actionable. Now is the time to both listen and make our voices heard as we strongly denounce racism, hate, discrimination, and violence. Together we can build a more just, resilient, and inclusive community for all.

Posted June 2, 2020; Affirmed by the Board of Library Trustees June 23, 2020


Resources for Futher Learning

Our librarians have compiled these resources and reading lists to help provide perspectives that can help effect changes in yourself, your home, and your community. 

Reading Lists

 For Kids: 

Antiracism | Black History | Chinese American History & Culture

For Adults & Teens:

Antiracist Teen Reading List | Antiracist Adult Reading List | Chinese American History & Culture


Professional Library Organizations

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APAL) | Statement against anti-Asian violence

Black Caucus of the American Library Association | Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color


Outside Organizations

Bystander Intervention Training

Advancing Justice -- Chicago Chapter

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

CAIR Chicago

Hate Crime Legal Resources


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