ILA Statement on Bomb Threats Targeting Libraries

August 22, 2023

The communities of Gurnee, Morton Grove, Oak Park, Park Ridge, and Wilmette have all recently experienced bomb threats against their libraries. These incidents were false alarms, and all staff members are safe.

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) strongly condemns all forms of violence, threats of violence, and other acts of intimidation in Illinois libraries. Throughout the state and the nation, library professionals continue to face threats to their personal safety and welfare.

Libraries are rightfully considered the cornerstones of democracy and freedom of speech. We understand our unique role in society and embrace the responsibility of providing all residents in our state with access to reliable and accessible information.

In light of these threats it is imperative that we stand together and not allow them to hinder us from our commitment to continue to connect communities to resources, contribute to community development, and foster education and knowledge.

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