Our Commitment to Equality

The mission of the Palm Beach County Library System is to connect communities, inspire thought and enrich lives. Racism and violence are in direct opposition to this mission.

It is impossible to connect communities when racism and violence erect barriers to trust.

It is impossible to inspire thought when racism and violence shut down understanding.

It is impossible to enrich lives when racism and violence favor some groups of people above others.

The Library System stands with those who seek to build a nation on the principles of equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please explore our list of resources below to learn more

The Library System supports the Urban Libraries Council Statement on Race and Social Equity.

The Library System stands with the Executive Board of American Library Association (ALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA), and other libraries, health care and educational organizations in condemning violence and abolishing racism against Black People and all People of Color.

“We cannot walk alone...

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead...

We cannot turn back. …

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963

Conversations About Race

View a collection of resources to help individuals engage in conversations about race, equality and inclusion.

View Our Resources