Anti-Racism Resources

The San José Public Library celebrates our city’s diverse cultures. We stand firmly for equity, visibility, and the rights of our residents.

The Library is proud to work towards transforming and building community through knowledge and information around equity issues through our cultural programs and collection of books and resources.

We invite you to explore anti-racist resources and reading recommendations compiled by our expert Librarians.

More about our commitment:

Understanding Racism

"Racism…is rooted in the false belief that the white experience is standard and that white people are superior to others."

— Girl Scouts of America: Help Your Kids Take Action Against Racism

Raising and Teaching Our Children

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

— Nelson Mandela

Taking Action

"You don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself."

— Ijoema Oluo