Richland Library is committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. We will work actively to dismantle systems of racism, inequality and oppression in all their forms.
How Do We Do This?
As a library system, we are unwavering in our dedication to fostering a community where everyone feels welcomed, valued and represented. Through intentionality and tangible actions, we will embed and amplify these commitments throughout our library and the communities we serve. We affirm and acknowledge our responsibility as an inclusive public organization by providing safe spaces where ALL PEOPLE can connect, thrive and belong.
Richland Library is committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion by:
• Providing services and resources to all members of our community, inclusive of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, ages, national or ethnic origins, languages, citizenship statuses, socioeconomic statuses, and political affiliations, ALL PEOPLE.
• Actively becoming an anti-racist organization, applying resources and energy towards efforts that enhance the lives of our staff and community.
• Continuously and consciously reviewing our policies and practices with an equity, diversity and inclusion lens.
• Designing our services by attentively listening to the needs and aspirations of our communities, especially those whose voices are often underrepresented or unheard.
• Serving as conveners and facilitators of courageous conversations, civic discourse and partnerships to address community challenges.
• Being forthright, proactive and at the forefront on issues that are important to our community, thereby working with local leaders, elected officials and partners to create a more equitable, inclusive and diverse Richland County
ULC Statement on Race and Social Equity
Richland Library is proud to join more than 160 public libraries across North America who have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. Read the full statement here
Promoting Equal Opportunity
Richland Library is an equal opportunity employer; we consider all qualified candidates without regards to race, color, sex (to include pregnancy, childbirth, and all related medical conditions), religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, or any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
The library also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws with regard to providing reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Establishing a Safe and Welcoming Environment
Richland Library values the diversity and unique contributions of our staff and customers. We believe diversity drives innovation. In 2020, all of our staff successfully completed Traliant's Harassment and Discrimination training to help build a culture where difference is valued. This training helps us foster a safe and inclusive culture that celebrates and utilizes our differences, and meaningfully impacts the communities we serve.
If you need support or reasonable accommodations to participate in any library events, activities or functions, please contact us at 803-929-3449 within one to two weeks of the event or activity taking place.