We're committed to providing services and creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

The library is working on incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in its next strategic plan. RGW Consulting is leading staff and board training sessions, and assisting in curating a framework for the future of library services by using a lens focused on EDI.

Learn about why we're doing this work
Read RGW's Discovery Report
Urban Libraries' call for Anti-Racist Executive Leadership for Public Libraries


Listening Session: Board of Library Trustees
September 23, 2020
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Listening Session led by consultant Reesheda Graham Washington.



Listening Session: Policing in Downers Grove
August 5, 2020
Downers Grove Park District Recreation Center

This program was an opportunity for Downers Grove community members to have their voices heard on policing issues. Active listeners, Downers Grove Village Manager Dave Fieldman, Chief of Police Shanon Gillette, and District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele, responded and listened to community members.  Comments were able to be submitted before the event, and remained anonymous. Questions and comments that were not addressed during the event due to time limits may be addressed in the Police Departments FAQ document, or in a document to be later posted by the library. More information will follow.


District 99's Response to Unanswered Questions

There's No Place That's Home: A Panel Discussion on Homelessness in Downers Grove
October, 2019

Panelists: Mayor Bob Barnett, Downers Grove; Janell Robinson, Hope's Front Door; Amy LaFauce, DuPage Catholic Charities; Dr. Hank Thiele, Dist. 99 Superintendent; Dr. Kevin Russel, Dist. 58 Superintendent