Statement of Racial and Social Justice

The Somerville Public Library is committed to providing collections and services that are representative of the people and communities we serve. We stand with librarians across the country who recognize that systemic racism and social injustice left unchecked has led to an underrepresentation of voices that is reflected in our services, collections, and profession.

To create a more inclusive library, we will examine our policies, procedures, and collections; increase representation of marginalized groups in our programs and services; pursue learning opportunities that will confront our biases; and engage the Somerville community to inform our work. We pledge to work alongside Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice, including the American with Disabilities Division, and other city departments, organizations, and people who are working to eliminate institutional racism and inequality.

Reviewed by Somerville’s Department of Racial and Social Justice, May 4, 2022
Approved by the Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees May 11, 2022
Reviewed by the Somerville Law Department August 2022