Sycamore Library Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Statement

I am stronger because you are stronger. I am weaker if you are weak. So we are more alike than we are unlike. -Maya Angelou

Vision: Sycamore Public Library is an inclusive, welcoming community resource that strives to meet the diverse needs of all. Everyone is welcome here. Everyone has access to our collections, programs and services. Everyone is encouraged to be a part of a culture- where all dimensions of diversity are accepted, valued and utilized—where we all thrive and belong.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement: Libraries are committed to following the values of our profession as set forth by American Library Association (ALA). These values include equity, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. The staff and Board of Trustees of Sycamore Public Library join with ALA and the Illinois Library Association in declaring that we stand against racism and systemic injustice in all forms. We believe every life is valuable and that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. We reject policies and practices that promote discrimination and work to provide a library collection that reflects a broad spectrum of the human experience. We strive to promote social justice within our community by providing a safe and welcoming environment for people to explore ideas that differ from their own and gain new knowledge and skills.

How Do We Do This?

Working hand-in-hand with our patrons and community partners, our staff are continuously striving towards a shared vision of innovative library programs and services that underscores our commitment to the diversity of the communities that we all serve.

Together, we are part of something larger. We are building a culture based on open, respectful conversations that allow us all to learn about one another as individuals, with different perspectives and life experiences.

This vision informs all that we do, enriching our work and helping us enhance our communities.

Promoting Equal Opportunity

Sycamore Public Library is an equal opportunity employer; we consider all qualified candidates without regards to race, color, sex (to include pregnancy, childbirth, and all related medical conditions), religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, or any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

The library also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws with regard to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities. 

Requesting Accommodations

If you need support or reasonable accommodations to participate in any library events, activities or functions, please contact us at 815-895-2500 x 402 within one to two weeks of the event or activity taking place.