Libraries Transforming Communities

Bolstering libraries as central community leaders by equipping librarians with new tools and resources for innovative engagement.

Libraries Transforming Communities seeks to strengthen libraries’ role as core community leaders and change agents. The initiative addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources, and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways.

Beginning in late 2022, ALA will accept applications for grants to be distributed over the next three years ranging from $10,000 to $20,000.

567 libraries across the nation were selected to receive grants through LTC: Focus on Small & Rural Libraries.

Learn basic facilitation skills with ALA's free guide, "Leading Conversations in Small and Rural Libraries."

View the guide

Get started with the free e-course, "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries."

Find dialogue and deliberation resources by library type.

Read case studies and stories from Libraries Transforming Communities in practice across the field.

Free Facilitation Guides

Created to equip users with tools and engagement best practices to create events which allow the whole community to participate.

A guide to help small and rural libraries better serve people with disabilities in their communities.

Gain the skills you need to not only prepare for and lead discussions, but also to overcome common challenges that arise when people gather to speak in groups.