As part of our celebration of #NationalLibraryWeek, we’re doing a series on what libraries actually DO to help build strong communities. Check back throughout the week for more!
The Loyola Libraries are dedicated to supporting equity.
We acknowledge that barriers to entry into academia have existed historically and continue to exist. For that reason, we support the collection of information from those who have experienced discrimination or marginalization. We elevate those voices by curating displays which highlight these works, such as our Native and Indigenous authors displays during Native American Heritage month, our Women in Politics display, and our yearly LQBTQIA+ Pride displays.
We also strive to expose our patrons to those whose perspectives might differ from their own by sponsoring programs which facilitate such work, such as our panel last year, “The Role of the Black Artist in the 21st Century” and Human Library Loyola. These programs seek to create conversation around the ways that marginalization and inequality affect real people in their day-to-day lives.
We also strive to make sure our patrons who face inequity feel valued and safe within our walls. Many of our staff members have participated in Safe Space, Inherent Bias, and Share the Dream trainings. We also provide services for low-income students, such as our textbook on reserve program, to help defray the high cost of materials which are required for classes.
To help support the Loyola Libraries, please consider donating to help us continue this work at http://www.LUC.edu/LibraryWeek2019