The Universal School Library (USL), is a growing collection of digitized books within the Internet Archive’s larger holdings, made available through controlled digital lending, and curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators and researchers. Currently, you can search and find selected books from a selection of school libraries across the country, as well as from nationally recognized book award and recommendation lists.
The goal of the USL is to increase equitable access to education through the availability of a set of diverse and inclusive books for all learners. Now in an early phase of development, the project aims to make available a curated collection of 15,000 high-quality books, especially for students in schools who no longer have access to school libraries. The collection is organized around three pillars of literacy: academic literacy, cultural literacy, and college/career literacy. And, in addition, the collection is designed using principles of diversity, equity and inclusion as central to the curatorial approach.
ISKME, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, a global education nonprofit, leads the development of USL, together with a team of project advisors and school librarians, in partnership with the Internet Archive. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.