Equity and Inclusion


You Belong

You belong at the San José Public Library. We commit to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all.

Our Principles

We follow the principles of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism:

  • Equity: We recognize each person is unique and with different needs. We strive to provide everyone with what they need to succeed.

  • Diversity: We see and try to understand our differences. This includes: race/ethnicity, language, abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation and other traits. It also includes different ideas, views and values.

  • Inclusion: Everyone belongs at SJPL. We value the uniqueness of each person. We support building connections with each other. We commit to remove barriers to our resources and services.

  • Anti-racism: We work to eliminate policies and practices that unfairly impact Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We must actively work to fight against racism. This includes recognizing personal biases and learning how to overcome them.

Learn More

To learn more about SJPL’s efforts to advance Equity and Inclusion, contact Karla Alvarez, Community Programs Administrator for Equity and Inclusion Services at karla.alvarez@sjlibrary.org.

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Anti-Racism Resources

Our expert Librarians have compiled a list of anti-racist resources and reading recommendations.


Explore our free materials, services, programs, and adaptive technology for people with disabilities.

Disability Inclusion Events

We have a variety of inclusive programs (currently virtual) designed for people of all ages and abilities.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Library programs and collections celebrating LGBTQ+ voices and members in our community.

Community Conversations: Your Voice Matters

If you are looking for a way to have your voice heard, join our next Community Conversation.

Family Learning Centers

Family Learning Centers offer free learning opportunities for adults and families who are English language learners, immigrants, low-income, with different abilities, and active adults/seniors.

Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library For Those In Need

Find free public services and resources in downtown San Jose, including information for housing support.

SJ Access: Free Internet & Tech Devices

Borrow digital devices like Chromebooks, iPads and Wi-Fi (wifi) hotspots. Enroll in computer classes or find tech support.

Equity and Inclusion Services Unit

Learn how we are working to create a more equitable and inclusive Library.

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