The University of Illinois Library is an integral component of the public university system in the state of Illinois, as well as the broader national and global research community. All library employees are expected to be committed to creating an environment – with each other as well as our patrons – that cultivates and values diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all forms. We also recognize that the Library is part of a deeply flawed society with many systemic inequities.
Our collective goals include offering resources and services that are both inclusive and accessible, as well as providing equitable opportunities for our diverse community to create, curate, and illuminate all forms of information and artifacts. We recognize this work has no end and accept responsibility for promoting these values through our interactions with each other and our patrons.
These terms can be interpreted many ways. We developed these definitions to guide our work and express our core beliefs. We recognize that these terms are ever evolving, as are we.
Diversity refers to the recognition, celebration, and appreciation of the various internal and external characteristics and attributes of those within our institution.
Equity refers to our efforts to 1) recognize that, currently and historically, some individuals and groups experience barriers that prevent them from fully participating in and adding to our mission and 2) take steps to ensure that everyone has fair and impartial access to all resources and opportunities within our institution.
Inclusion refers to our responsibility to ensure that resources and services within our library system are welcoming and supportive to all, as well as addressing any barriers to the use of these resources and services.
Accessibility refers to the extent to which our physical and virtual resources and services are available to all individuals.
We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that respects, appreciates, and enriches all individuals in our diverse community. Help us be more welcoming. Share your ideas at go.illinois.edu/inclusivelibrary.
Victor Jones, Jr.
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
230B Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr.