Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Free Library of Philadelphia is a welcoming and inclusive public space and strongly believes in promoting understanding and community engagement.

All 54 of our libraries provide a safe haven for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, providing homework help, English Language Learning (ELL) classes, supportive job search assistance, and much more. We encourage and host conversations about differences and complex social issues. The library exists to provide opportunities for discussion supported by educational resources, access to a vast array of information, and ideas that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is committed to creating and advancing a welcoming environment where our staff and patrons experience a sense of community and are respected. Through our work, resources, and engagements, we strive to ensure different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued.

Dr. Guy A. Sims, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Dr. Guy A. Sims
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer