Talking Points

Here are Some Talking Points on Relevant Topics 


  • Safety is always the library's first priority--safety of the staff and volunteers, as well as safety of each and every person who walks through the library doors. 

  • Whether public, academic, school, or special, libraries are recognized as safe spaces in our communities. 

  • Every day, Illinois libraries welcome tens of thousands of visitors of all ages and backgrounds through their doors.

  • From law enforcement and civic leaders to faith groups and individual patrons, we are grateful to all of those who have reached out to support the library or spoken out against threats to our community.

  • The Illinois library community is strong and stands together in caring for each other and safeguarding our ability to serve all members of our communities.


  • Any threat to the safety of library staff, volunteers, or patrons is a threat to the institution, the community, and democracy.

  • The library works closely with relevant law enforcement agencies to respond to any threats or incidents of violence.

  • We will refer any questions related to the investigation of threats or other criminal activity to local law enforcement.


  • Illinois libraries are More than a Building; with in-person, community-based, and digital services, we connect with hundreds of thousands of people every day.

  • Illinois libraries are More than a Building; we are champions for the right of Illinois residents to access information and to engage in inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

  • Illinois libraries are More than a Building; we are communities of professionals working in close coordination with stakeholders, upholding professional values in service of the public good.

  • Illinois libraries are More than a Building; we are hubs for civic dialogue and democratic engagement on local, state, national, and international issues.

  • Illinois libraries are More than a Building; we are integral to the fabric of a state that understands its past, thoughtfully engages with the issues of today, and is prepared to tackle the challenges and harness the opportunities of tomorrow.

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