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ARL Member Libraries’ Statements on Systemic Racism and Oppression

Last Updated on October 14, 2020, 12:18 pm ET

graffiti in Portland, Oregon, protesting racism and police brutality
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Many ARL member libraries have released statements condemning systemic racism and  committing to action.

The University of Arizona Libraries, “A Message on Anti-racism and Our Way Forward”

Arizona State University Library, “Preserving History, Telling Stories: In the Service of Justice and Equity”

Boston College Libraries, “BC Libraries Statement on Racism and Current Events”

Boston Public Library, “Reflections on This Week”

UC Davis Library, “Standing in Solidarity”

UCLA Library, “A Message from University Librarian Virginia Steel”

Center for Research Libraries, “First Principles and Values: Black Lives Matter”

University of Cincinnati Libraries, “Standing in Solidarity against Systematic Racism”

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, “Statement from Dean Robert McDonald: Social Justice for All”

Colorado State University Libraries, “We Are with You. Black Rams Matter”

Duke University Libraries, “A Statement of Our Commitment”

Emory University Libraries, “Rose Library Statement of Solidarity”

University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, “Message from the Dean of University Libraries: Working toward Justice and an End to Racism”

University of Georgia Libraries, “Special Message from the University of Georgia Libraries”

Harvard Library, “Our Responsibilities: A Message from Martha Whitehead”

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, “Statement on Racial Justice”

University of Houston Libraries, “University of Houston Libraries Statement in Support of Protests and Anti-Racist Practices”

University of Houston William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library, “A Pledge to Our Students and Community”

UIC University Library,A Statement from the UIC University Library”

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, “Statement from the Dean: Shouts for Justice”

The University of Iowa Libraries, “In Support of Eliminating Racism”

Iowa State University Library, “A Message from the Iowa State University Library: A Stand against Racism”

The University of Kansas Libraries, “Solidarity & Action”

University of Kentucky Libraries, “UK Libraries’ Commitment to Equity”

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, “Dean’s Statement on Acts of Racial Violence”

MIT Libraries, “A Message from the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press”

University of Miami Libraries, “Statement of Commitment”

University of Michigan Library, “U-M Library Statement: Work against Systemic Racism”

University of Minnesota Libraries, “Anti-racism Is a Priority for the U of M Libraries”

New York Public Library, “Tony Marx: Reflections on This Moment”

NYU Libraries, “Our Commitment to Anti-Racism”

UNC University Libraries, “The University Libraries’ Role in Reckoning with Systemic Racism and Oppression”

Ohio University Libraries, “Ohio University Libraries’ Commitment to Social Justice”

The Ohio State University Libraries, “A Statement from University Libraries Supporting Black Lives Matter”

University of Oregon Libraries, “UO Libraries’ Statement on Racism and Systemic Inequalities”

Penn Libraries, “The Penn Libraries Stands against Racism”

Penn State University Libraries, “Libraries Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Commitment Statement”

University of Pittsburgh University Library System, “ULS Commitment to Equity and Justice”

Simon Fraser University Library, “The SFU Library Stands against Anti-Black Racism”

USC Libraries, “Message from the Dean and Faculty and Staff Leadership of USC Libraries”

Syracuse University Libraries, “From the Dean and the SU Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Team”

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries, “A Message from UT Libraries”

University of Texas Libraries, “A Statement from the Vice Provost”

Tulane University Libraries, “A Message from Tulane University Libraries”

University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, “UU Libraries’ Statement and Anti-racism Resources”

Vanderbilt University Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries, “Library Statement on Racial Injustice in Our Society”

VCU Libraries, “Statement Announcing Anti-racism Initiative from Dean of Libraries John Ulmschneider”

Virginia Tech University Libraries, “Library Faculty and Staff Members Add Their Individual Voices to National Issues of Race and Racism”

University of Washington Libraries, “Responding to the Call: George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and Systemic Change”

University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries, “A Statement of Solidarity”

Yale University Library, “Message from the University Librarian”


ARL Statement

Association of Research Libraries Condemns Racism and Violence against Black Communities, Supports Protests against Police Brutality


This page was updated by ARL on July 20, 2020. To add your library’s statement, please email amy@arl.org.