Public Statements

On March 16, 2021, the Southern Tier Library System Board of Trustees approved the Declaration Promoting Racial and Social Justice. This document was drafted in partnership between trustees and librarians. It is our hope that the words contained within remind us of a library’s impact, but also recognize that libraries are capable of doing much more to foster a fair and just world for humanity.

Libraries have been and continue to be institutions for life-long learning and enlightenment. However, this democratic privilege has not always been afforded to all residents, nor has it been equitable.

The member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System have a long-standing tradition of serving our region by ensuring all residents have access to cultural, economic, educational, and social opportunities.  Our libraries subscribe to the Library Bill of Rights and a set of core values that guide our mission, and we look forward to the addition of the Declaration Promoting Racial and Social Justice to our guiding documents.

STLS Declaration Promoting Racial and Social Justice
Issued April 22, 2021
Read the full statement here.


STLS Denounces Acts of Violence and Hate in Washington, D.C.
Public statement issued January 8, 2021
Read the full statement here.

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