Equity Work at the Library
The Seattle Public Library actively commits its programs and resources to eliminate institutional racism by ensuring that barriers to access by staff and the public are eliminated, by supporting broader public access to Library programs and services, and by providing the public and staff equitable opportunities for growth through employment and education.
Racial Equity Goals
Reducing barriers to access for low-income children of color
According to Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle, Seattle has the fifth-largest gap in achievement between black and white students in the nation.Learn more about reducing barriers for children
Striving for equity in internet access and online services
According to the City of Seattle's 2017 Digital Equity Report, 29% of Seattle parents who only have internet access via smartphone or tablet report hitting data limits that limited their access; 24% had their phones cut off for nonpayment.Learn more about equity in internet access and online services
Representing and investing in people of color
According to the American Community Survey, more than a third of Seattle residents – 34% – are people of color, and 22% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.Learn more about representing and investing in people of color
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