An open letter to our customers and the Denver community:
The Denver Public Library is committed to ensuring free and equal access to all.
That’s a pledge we make to the people of Denver. As librarians and service professionals, we strongly believe in freedom of access and freedom of expression. We believe that all members of our community should have equal access to information, experiences and ideas that make Denver a better place to live, work and play.
Public libraries are drivers of civic health and engagement. That’s why we provide tools and resources that positively affect individual lives and the communities that form the Mile High City. We believe in inclusivity and actively seek ways to bring people together. We know that our city is stronger when we move forward with shared ideas and when all voices are given a chance to be heard and recognized.
Our guiding principles ground us in all that we do. These principles are foundational ingredients for a free and robust society and we have strengthened our resolve to carry out these principles daily. I’d like to share them with you as a reminder that we are deeply committed to your success, health and welfare.
- We respect individual diversity. We welcome all members of our community.
- We reject discrimination based on religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.
- We do not judge our customers or their choices.
- We make library services free whenever possible.
- We strive to eliminate any barriers to library use.
- We respect our customers’ privacy in the use of services.
- We protect the privacy of personal information.
I think these ideas can best be summed up by British novelist, poet and playwright Doris Lessing. “With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how.”
Well said. The library is one of the few benefits left in this world that everyone can explore and enjoy.
I love the library, and am so happy to see this statement. Thank you!
Well said. Thank you for this piece. It is good to see our professional values stated clearly.
What a wonderful statement, Michelle. Thank you for sharing this. Libraries and their commitment to the community are especially important in our lives these days.
Well said. Thank you.
I'm so proud to belong to a profession that collectively upholds these values. Thank you for your leadership and your eloquent words Michelle!
Cheers! Thank you for sharing this message. The library as a free and equal resource for all is so important.
Perfectly said! Thank you!
Very well said and very admirable. This is one, of many, reasons I'm proud to have worked at DPL!