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Libraries are, according to T.S. Elliot, "...the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man."  As a free, public, knowledgeable, and local resource, what better place to offer the information, support, and experiences needed to foster growth around civic engagement and voter education?  No better.  This page will offer resources and inspiration on the development of programing, resources, and outreach strategies to provide support to patrons who wish to know their community and how it operates, what they themselves value and hope for, and how to advocate for those hopes to representatives and public servants.  Thank you, Ron Weasley, for reminding us with, "When in doubt, go to the library."



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2024 EQS Presentation Slides




National Civic League's National Civic Review: Libraries Transforming Communities: The Movement Towards Civic Hubs


Campus Compact:  The Role of Libraries in Engagement Work


American Library Association's Programming Librarian: How Libraries Support Civically Engaged Communities



American Library Association: Tip Sheet for Community Leaders & Partners


American Library Association: Voter Engagement Guide and Related Resources


Institute of Museum and Library Services: How Museums and Libraries Are Fostering Civic Engagement Through Voting


University of Washington Libraries: Public libraries as platforms for civic engagement 


The University of Chicago Press: Library Quarterly, Jan. 2024, Civic Literacy: Reimagining a Role for Libraries

(Requires Subscription/Institutional Access)


ProjectCiv America: Promoting Monthly Discussions in Libraries (Program Site)


Public Library Association: Public Libraries Online, Civic Engagement: Democracy Thrives at the Library


Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS): The Civic Lab and Beyond: Civic Engagement through Resources and Programming


WebJunction: Promoting Voter and Civic Engagement at Your Library (Webinar)







Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT): Minnesota Voting and Elections Toolkit


Massachusetts Library System: Civic Engagement Leadership Roles for Libraries


Civic Engagement at the Bloomfield Public Library


Oak Park Public Library Civic Engagement


Bucknell University Betrand Library Civic Engagement


Monroe County Public Library Civic Engagement