Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan and Books

A Message from Wendy Knapp, State Librarian

The State Library of Ohio believes the highest quality of library services should be available and accessible to all people in the state. We acknowledge that past and present inequity and systemic discrimination have excluded many from the wide range of benefits provided by libraries. Eliminating exclusions to universal, equitable library services demands the recognition, understanding and prioritization of the history, perspectives, and aspirations of all people. The “all” includes, and is not limited to, people of every racial, ethnic, gender,  sexual orientation, economic, educational, geographic, and disability status. Library service will be improved when the community we serve is represented  and reflected in our work. We will actively seek input and feedback as we develop a new Strategic Plan and a new 5 year plan for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and cascade the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our programs and projects for the next three years.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategic Plan 2021 – 2023  Would You Like Help With Our Services – Disability Inclusion Access (PDF)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion reading Group resources Diversity, Equity & Inclusion reading Group resources for children and teens

These Diversity, Equity & Inclusion titles address race, disability, and identity in America. Click on a cover to see more information about the book, related resources, suggestions for further reading, and a link to the title in the Ohio Digital Library. Most of these books are available for immediate checkout with a State Library of Ohio library card. Note that these titles may include violence, abuse, and other difficult content.