A Statement from the Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Northbrook Public Library are focused on how the library can best serve the community by being an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization. One of the core values of the Northbrook Public Library is inclusion. We recognize that libraries are central to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom and that public libraries must continue the work to foster inclusivity. In recent years, the Library has taken steps to ensure that we are creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community.

The Northbrook Public Library values every community member and works to be welcoming and respectful of people's different identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, language, age, size, and more. As an institution of lifelong learning, we have a duty to not only reflect the community we serve, but also to educate the community about the diversity of our region, state, nation, and world. We will continue to pursue these goals both internally, by educating staff and examining our practices and procedures, and externally, by providing programs and educational opportunities to the community. We recognize that we cannot do this work alone and will continue working with our community partners to solicit feedback, listen, and embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion in a community-wide effort.

The Board of Trustees stands firm in their commitment to foster an inclusive environment and is committed to continuing the work we have already begun. 

A Message from the Executive Director: We Do Not Tolerate Racism

Our Executive Director released a statement addressing the importance of inclusion and the library and our efforts to combat racism. Read it now

Upcoming Programs

Advance registration is required for these virtual programs. Please click the program title to learn more or register. 

Sports, Politics, and Race
Tuesday, January 12
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Conversation and Q&A with Frances Causey, Director of the The Long Shadow
Wednesday, February 24
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Partnerships

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Anti-Racism Virtual Display

Digital Resources: Conversations about Racism. Resources recommended by our librarians for all ages.

Black Freedom Struggle Website

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States. This website provides a selection of primary source documents, including historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence, and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom from 1790 through the current time. 


If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts with us, please contact us at 847-272-6224 or email at feedback@northbrook.info